Sam Itani

Sam ItaniIn his position as Senior Vice President of Operations, Sam Itani oversees Adventist Health Bakersfield’s ongoing operations and procedures and is responsible for Labor Management, quality, compliance, process improvement and business strategies.

Sam’s role places him over day-to-day operations of the entire hospital as well as a wide range of service lines and departments that are vital to the medical center's overall success. These areas include the Adventist Health AIS Cancer Center, Quest Imaging, Outpatient Surgery Center, Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacy, Brain and Spine, Cardiovascular, Orthopedic, Bariatrics, Infection Prevention/Quality, Risk/Regulatory, Operational Excellence, Laboratory, Safety/Security, Plant Operations, Nutrition Services, Clinical Engineering, Materials Management, Transportation, Environmental Services and Construction.

Itani attended college at Colorado Technical University, where he graduated with degrees in biomedical engineering and electronic engineering technology. He then attended Pittsburg State University in Kansas, receiving his Master in Clinical Technology in 1989. Along with his degrees, Itani is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

In 2006, Itani became the Vice President for Ambulatory and Professional Services at Adventist Health Bakersfield. Since then, Sam has been instrumental in the master planning of many facets of the Adventist Health Bakersfield campus. This includes designing and building of the Adventist Health AIS Cancer Center, Quest Imaging as well as playing an integral role in the planning and building of the 130 bed hospital expansion.

Itani and his wife, Ghina, have two children, Maya and Tarek. Whether traveling to Tarek's hockey matches or watching the Bakersfield Condors, most of the Itanis' free time revolves around the sport of hockey, which they acquired a love for during their time in Canada.