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El Camino Hospital Appoints James Griffith as Chief Operating Officer

October 15, 2018 - El Camino Hospital announced today the appointment of James D. Griffith to the position of chief operating officer. His start date is October 29, 2018.

The chief operating officer is the executive leader responsible for smooth and efficient operations of El Camino Hospital, including all clinical service lines, facilities and construction development, nursing operations, and performance improvement processes. Mr. Griffith will partner with the chief medical officer and chief nursing officer to advance high-quality outcomes, patient safety and patient experience at both hospital campuses in Los Gatos and Mountain View. In addition, he will lead the work in implementing the strategic plan and focus on new business opportunities that enable growth.

“We are pleased to welcome Jim into our organization. He has a great understanding of what independent, community hospitals need to accomplish in order to adapt and continue to impact the health of the community. Jim has expertise integrating evidenced-based care practices and implementing new diagnostic and treatment innovations to improve care,” said Dan Woods, chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital.

Mr. Griffith has nearly 20 years of healthcare experience. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer and chief strategy officer for Tanner Health System in Carrollton, Georgia. Previously, Mr. Griffith spent almost 15 years at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas, California where he was responsible for operations, physician relations, business development and strategic initiatives. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Tennessee at Knoxville and master’s degree from Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

“Stepping into the role of chief operating officer at El Camino Hospital not only brings me back to the area I called home for nearly 20 years, but it allows me to work for an organization committed to growing and expanding services most needed by the community,” said Mr. Griffith. “El Camino Hospital has a reputation of innovative care and providing high quality services. It’s an exciting time for the organization and I am looking forward to collaborating with the nurses, clinicians, physicians and all members of the care team to efficiently and compassionately provide care.”