[caption id="attachment_57067" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Todd Salnas was appointed president of St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County in July."][/caption]

SANTA ROSA -- Todd Salnas has been promoted to the role of president for St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County, with former president Kevin Klockenga now assuming the role of CEO of St. Joseph Health’s Northern California region.

Having formerly held both roles simultaneously, Mr. Klockenga will now focus on the CEO position, following his appointment last summer. Mr. Salnas, 39, joined St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County in 2009, serving as executive vice president and CEO, according to a release. His role as president began July 1.

“Todd is an extraordinarily gifted and strategically minded young executive,” said Mr. Klockenga, who as the regional CEO oversees St. Joseph Health in Sonoma, Napa and Humboldt counties and to whom Salnas will continue to report. “Todd is the sort of innovative, principled president we need to lead our Sonoma County team through the unprecedented challenges of health care reform while together we carry on the healing mission begun here 62 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.”

Mr. Klockenga began his term as president in 2008, overseeing more than 2,000 employees and two hospitals – the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial and the 80-bed Petaluma Valley. St. Joseph Health also operates hospice services, urgent care centers and a number of other facilities throughout the county.

Following a national search, Mr. Salnas was initially recruited to St. Joseph Health three years ago, after serving as CEO for the 444-bed, not-for-profit Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, California. He has served a number of administrative and medical roles during his career.

In searching for a candidate for the president role, Mr. Klockenga said that he recommended Mr. Salnas to the St. Joseph Health Board of Trustees, lauding his local expertise and robust relationships with staff at all levels of the organization. The board approved Mr. Salnas unanimously.

“In the end, we felt that the strengths that Todd had, the relationships he had built with the staff here and his expertise – there wasn't anybody better,” Mr. Klockenga said.

Looking into the future for the organization, Mr. Salnas said that saw St. Joseph Health increasing its offerings related to preventative care and wellness programs, as well as efficiencies in emergency care and the development of partnerships with other health care providers.

“Traditionally, a lot of health care systems have focused on taking sick people and making them better,” he said. “With health care reform, there will be more funding available for wellness programs.”

Mr. Salnas earned a dual master’s degree in business administration and health sciences administration from Arizona State University, as well as a bachelor’s of science degree in health science from the University of Arizona.