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El Camino Hospital hires new chief operating officer

El Camino Hospital recently appointed James D. Griffith as its new chief operating officer.

Griffith previously worked as COO and chief strategy officer for Tanner Health System in Carrollton, Ga.

The hospital’s COO is the executive leader responsible for smooth and efficient operations, including all clinical service lines, facilities and construction development, nursing operations and performance improvement processes.

Griffith will partner with the chief medical officer and chief nursing officer to improve patient safety and experience at the hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos.

Griffith also will be responsible for implementing the strategic plan and will focus on new business opportunities that enable growth.

“We are pleased to welcome Jim into our organization,” said El Camino CEO Dan Woods in a statement. “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.”

Griffith formerly spent nearly 15 years at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, where he oversaw operations, physician relations, business development and strategic initiatives. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a master’s from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

“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,” Griffith said in the statement. “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.”

Griffith is set to assume his duties at El Camino Hospital Monday.

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