September 10, 2013
CHOC Children’s has appointed seasoned health care leader Matthew S. Gerlach to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new role, he assumes responsibility for overall hospital operations for the regional pediatric healthcare system, which includes a 279-bed main hospital in Orange, a 54-bed “hospital within a hospital” in Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.
Gerlach brings to CHOC more than 30 years of health care management experience. Most recently, he served as vice president and chief operating officer at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, a 334-bed Dignity Health hospital. Prior to that, he was the chief administrative officer at Providence Health and Services California Region, for which a few of his accomplishments include creating a physician business services division and integrating multiple systems into a single health care information system. Additionally, he has served in a variety of health care executive roles at several Southern California hospitals, including USC University Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and Queen of the Valley Hospital.
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Gerlach holds a bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology. He earned a master’s degree in public health from UCLA and an MBA from the university’s Anderson School of Management.
“I am proud to be joining CHOC, an incredible organization with an amazing leadership team, compassionate and expert clinicians, and dedicated employees. I am particularly excited to be joining CHOC at such a pivotal time in its nearly 50-year history, with the recent opening of The Bill Holmes Tower. I look forward to helping CHOC continue to strengthen its position as a leading destination for children’s health,” says Gerlach.
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.. CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
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