Long Beach Memorial has selected its new CEO, former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Bishop, the MemorialCare system announced today.
Bishop will immediately assume CEO responsibilities at Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach and Seaside Health Plan, succeeding former CEO Diana Hendel, who announced her resignation in March, after six years in the position. He has worked for MemorialCare since 2004.
“We selected an outstanding individual with a demonstrated track record of success within MemorialCare as the new leader for our Long Beach hospitals,” said Barry Arbuckle, Ph.D., president and CEO of MemorialCare Health System in a statement. “John is a strategic, engaged and innovative leader with extensive experience in executive management and finance.”
Bishop had assumed Hendel's duties upon her resignation, and has had time to formulate a vision: "maximing the patient expectations and aligning healthcare with value so [Long Beach Memorial] is the most trusted healthcare provider in Long Beach."
He told the Post his major priorities will be "helping to guide the transition from fee-for-service to population health"—where the hospitals will move from a model that rewards them each time they treat a sick patient, to a model that emphasizes preventative care and less emergency room visits.
Bishop has a degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California and worked at Ernst & Young, LLP as a Certified Public Accountant consultant before beginning his career at MemorialCare at the system’s campuses in Orange County. In 2009, he joined the management team as CFO of the three Long Beach hospitals, in addition to overseeing financial operations of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.
“I am both honored and humbled to be appointed CEO of MemorialCare’s Long Beach hospitals,” said Bishop in a statement. “My goal is to guide our organization on a path that maximizes the value we provide and results in a surrounding community that is as healthy as it can be.”
MemorialCare Health System COO Tammie Brailsford said John was “identified early” as a leader, and was selected as someone “who has the strength, courage and drive to make the shifts required during these transformational times.”