Public invited to Sept. 28 meet and greet with new Kaweah Delta Chief Executive Officer
VISALIA, CA – Kaweah Delta Health Care District is inviting the community
to a meet and greet with its new Chief Executive Officer Gary Herbst on
Thursday, Sept. 28, in Visalia.
The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. inside the Acequia Wing Lobby of
Kaweah Delta Medical Center, 305 W. Acequia Ave., Visalia. Parking is
available in the parking structure across from the medical center on Acequia Avenue.
Gary Herbst, Kaweah Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer for the past 25 years, assumed leadership of the District on September
1. He was named CEO on August 30, after a comprehensive search and interviews.
Herbst 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, Herbst 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, Herbst was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1995, and Senior
Vice President in 2001. Over his lengthy career with Kaweah Delta, Herbst
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 Kaweah Delta’s cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, pediatric and adult
hospitalist programs; formation of Kaweah Delta’s medical foundation
partnership with Visalia Medical Clinic; and, most recently, formation
of Kaweah Delta’s joint-venture integrated delivery network (Sequoia
Integrated Health). All told, Herbst has been responsible for a great
portion of Kaweah Delta’s strategic and financial success over the years.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the
University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) and is a Certified Public Accountant.
He is 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.
Carl Anderson, Board President of the Kaweah Delta Board of Directors said
with a new CEO in place, the District will continue to build its relationship
with the community it serves.
“With our new CEO in place, we hope to become even more effective
at listening to our staff and to our community. This will be a key component
in helping us find new and better ways to meet health needs today and
over the years to come,” he said.