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Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:14 pm

Adventist Health names Eller new NorCal president

Search for St. Helena top exec continues

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    Jeff Eller

    Jeff Eller

    Adventist Health on Tuesday said it named Jeff Eller president of the Northern California Network, which operates several North Bay hospitals and treatment centers.

    Mr. Eller is set to replace Terry Newmyer, who announced his resignation in October, according to Bill Wing, senior vice president of Adventist Health. Mr. Eller is scheduled to leave his current position as chief executive officer of Sonora Regional Medical Center to assume his new role on Feb. 3.

    Mr. Eller will initiate a search to fill the position of president and chief executive officer at the three St. Helena campuses.

    “I am looking forward to working with the excellent caregivers in the Northern California Network to expand Adventist Health’s mission and reputation in Northern California,” he  said in a statement.

    The Northern California Network includes St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health in Vallejo, Ukiah Valley Medical Center and Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits.

    “Jeff’s emphasis on growth and quality along with his administrative experience and strong record in clinical operations makes him an excellent fit for the position of president of (the Northern California) network,” Mr.  Wing said in the announcement. “Also, his strength in team building, physician relations and community relations will be great assets to the organization.”

    Mr. Eller was top executive of Sonora Regional Medical Center, a 72-bed acute-care facility, for five years. While there, he expanded services in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties by opening 10 additional network clinics with 22 new physicians and three mid-level providers, a second retail pharmacy and a pediatric clinic to serve Medi-Cal patients, according to the Roseville-based health system.

    Mr. Eller also added hospice services, acquired an ambulatory surgery center, opened the Live Well Be Well Center, established the Center for Joint Replacement and opened the Women’s Breast Health Center.

    In addition, Mr. Eller successfully turned around the financial position of the hospital and led in acquiring the property adjacent to the medical center to construct a 65,000-square-foot medical pavilion to meet the community’s growing health care needs. Adventist Health said that under his leadership the Sonora hospital significantly improved patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores as well as quality core measure results. This earned the facility a spot among the top 18 percent of hospitals nationwide as one of the “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission.

    Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Eller  served as vice president at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. In addition, he served as executive director of diagnostic and support services at San Joaquin Community Hospital and held a variety of administrative positions at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Kettering Medical Center.

    Adventist Health operates 19 hospitals, more than 180 clinics 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

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