LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has nominated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President and CEO Richard Cordova as its chairman-elect, setting the stage for Cordova to become the organization’s first Latino health care executive to be named to the prestigious role when the international professional society of health care executives meets to vote on Cordova’s three year term in March.
If elected, Cordova, a fellow of ACHE and most recently a member of the college’s Board of Governors, will succeed current ACHE Chairman-elect Christine Candio, CEO of Inova Alexandria Hospital and senior vice president of Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.
“Rich has an outstanding track record as a leader in health care,” ACHE President and CEO Deborah Bowen told Modern Healthcare magazine. “I think he brings a lot to the table in terms of integrity, lifelong learning and diversity.”
The more than 40,000 executives who comprise ACHE lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations around the globe. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in health care management and its established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level.
Cordova’s history of participation in the college has been lengthy and distinguished. In addition to being board-certified in health care management as a fellow of the ACHE, he has served on a variety of committees, provided mentorship for other members, supported legislative and policy work at state and federal levels, is past-chair of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (an organization which the ACHE co-founded).
In this new role, Cordova is expected to expand the diversity among health care executives at a pivotal time in the development of the industry. In an exclusive interview with Modern Healthcare magazine, Cordova also said he plans on “bringing together diverse professions—doctors, nurses, executives—across the healthcare continuum as the industry changes.”
“With the integration and transformation of health care, the ACHE is the perfect organization to bring these professional pieces together,” says Cordova, who joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as president and CEO in 2005. “We're excited about having the college take the lead and develop the future leaders in health care.”
Under his leadership, Cordova would like to achieve these goals by advancing the idea of partnering with other professional organizations and through education and training, conferences and networking. Ellen Zaman, FACHE, director of Community Affairs at Children's Hospital and a fellow and long-time member of the ACHE, said one of the reasons that Cordova was sought out for a leadership role within the ACHE early was that he sees things with a wider view than most and he takes action. “Rich is open to new ways of thinking and he sees the importance of mentoring the next generation of leaders,” says Zaman, board member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California chapter. “My belief is that he will bring a new mindset to the organization and new ways of thinking and operating.”
She noted that Cordova was a founding member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives whose goal is to help hospital leaders be more reflective of the demographics of the people who are being served.
Prior to joining Children’s Hospital, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, Cordova served as president of the Southern California Region of the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals. He also serves on the board of the California Children’s Hospital Association (CCHA) and served as its chair for 2011-12. He currently sits on the board of trustees and executive committee of the California Hospital Association (CHA) and is a member on the Board of the Hospital Association of Southern California. He also serves on the Board of Virtual PICU Systems, LLC and is past-chair of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, a nonprofit organization that works closely with health care organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management. He also is a board member of ThinkCure, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cordova will be up for election for the position at the Council of Regents meeting preceding ACHE’s 57th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 24 – 27, 2014. If elected, Cordova, an ACHE governor since 2011, will then begin a three-year leadership term that includes a stint as chairman-elect for 2014-15, followed by chairman in 2015-16, and finally immediate past chairman in 2016-17.
About Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.