Kaweah Delta Health Care District Board Names New CEO
After a comprehensive search and extensive interviews with our Board of
Directors, Medical Staff, and Executive Team, it is with great pleasure
that I announce
Gary Herbst as our new Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
We were all in agreement – Gary is the most qualified candidate and
the best choice to lead our District in delivering the highest levels
of health care to our community. We are pleased that he has accepted the
position and will assume leadership of the District on Friday, September 1.
As Kaweah Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
for the past 25 years, Gary first came to Kaweah Delta from Fresno, California,
where he served as a Senior Manager in the audit and consulting practice
of Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest accounting and
consulting firms. Over his nine-year career with Ernst & Young, Gary
served as auditor and consultant to virtually every hospital up and down
the San Joaquin Valley, including Kaweah Delta, his very first client
back in 1983.
Initially hired as Kaweah Delta’s Director of Business Development
in 1992, Gary was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1995, and Senior
Vice President in 2001. Over his lengthy career with Kaweah Delta, Gary
has spearheaded many important projects and initiatives, including the
initial master planning for replacement of the District’s downtown
campus; creation of the District Hospital Leadership Forum; development
of our cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, pediatric and adult hospitalist
programs; formation of our medical foundation partnership with Visalia
Medical Clinic; and, most recently, formation of our joint-venture integrated
delivery network (Sequoia Integrated Health). All told, Gary has been
responsible for a great portion of Kaweah Delta’s strategic and
financial success over the years.
He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of
Pacific (Stockton, CA) and is a Certified Public Accountant, a member
of the California Society of CPAs, a member of the American Institute
of CPAs, an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association,
a member of the District Hospital Leadership Forum Board of Directors,
the Board Treasurer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias, the
chair of the Audit Committee of HealthImpact (a professional nurses’
association), and a member of the Rotary Club of Visalia .
Gary is someone who knows how to run a complex health system like we have
at Kaweah Delta. He understands our community and how to elevate our delivery
of healthcare services to the next level. He has the vision and focus
necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the District, and he understands
that we must modernize, expand, and improve our facilities and services
as the region grows and our patients’ needs change.
With our new CEO in place, we are determined to find new and better ways
to meet our community’s health needs today and into the future.
Thank you for all that you do and your commitment to support a culture
that delivers a personal, professional and compassionate healthcare experience
for every patient, every time.