Meet the leaders of the 11 best hospitals in California for spine surgery


Healthgrades recently released its rankings for the best hospitals in the U.S. for spine surgery, including 11 in California. 

The rankings recognize hospitals that deliver superior patient outcomes in back and neck surgeries and spinal fusion.

Read more on the publication's ranking methodology here.

Here are the leaders of the California hospitals and health systems that were included in the rankings:

Casa Colina Hospital (Pomona)

  • Kelly Linden, president and CEO
  • Michael Bien, MD, chief of medical staff

Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage)

  • Martin Massiello, president and CEO
  • Ken Wheat, executive vice president and COO
  • Benjamin Farber, DNP, RN, vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer
  • Eric Leroux, MD, vice president and chief quality officer
  • Melanie Long, vice president and CFO
  • Alan Williamson, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center

  • Greg Adams, CEO
  • Andrew Bindman, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer
  • Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief health officer
  • Michelle Gaskill-Hames, regional president, Southern California and Hawaii
  • Carrie Owen Plietz, regional president, Northern California

Dignity Health Mercy General Hospital (part of CommonSpirit) (Sacramento)

  • Wright Lassiter, CEO
  • Daniel Morissette, senior executive vice president and CFO
  • Terika Richardon, senior executive vice president and COO
  • Kathleen Sanford, RN, executive vice president and chief nursing officer
  • Robert Wiebe, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

  • Diane Hansen, CEO
  • Ryan Olsen, COO
  • Melissa Wallace, interim CFO
  • Omar Khawaja, MD, chief medical officer
  • Mel Russell, MSN, RN, chief nurse executive

PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital (Los Angeles)

  • James West, president and CEO
  • Peggy Chulack, chief administrative officer
  • Rosalio Lopez, MD, senior vice president, chief medical officer and chief strategy officer
  • Irena Zuanic, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer
  • Vid Shivaraman, CFO

Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

  • Garry Olney, chief executive
  • Eric Hodes, MD, chief medical officer
  • Stacie Miller, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer
  • Erika Wright, CFO

Providence St. Jude Medical Center (Fullerton)

  • Rod Hochman, MD, president and CEO of Providence
  • Greg Hoffman, CFO of Providence
  • Ari Robicsek, MD, chief medical analytics officer of Providence
  • Erik Wexler, COO of Providence

Saint Agnes Medical Center (Fresno)

  • Odette Bolano, BSN, CEO of West Region
  • Gurvinder Kaur, MD, president and market leader
  • John Evanko, MD, chief medical officer
  • Cheryl Harless, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer

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