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Duffield Named President & CEO of San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield


June 18, 2013 (Roseville, CA) – Doug Duffield has been appointed President & CEO of San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH), according to Scott Reiner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Adventist Health who also is board chairman for the Bakersfield, California, operations. Duffield will assume his new role July 15, 2013.

Duffield comes to SJCH from Florida, where for the past four years, he served as President & CEO at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills in North Tampa. He drastically raised the hospital’s consumer and physician satisfaction scores and brought expenses down each year while increasing the overall quality of patient care and safety. He also played a key role in raising essential funds for the hospital’s charitable foundation.

“Doug’s leadership in Tampa positively impacted the hospital and community. The hospital realized substantial volume growth and reductions in operating expenses, while other hospitals in the area lost profits,” said Reiner. “His experience will help us successfully face health care reform and perform at a higher level to meet the needs of the Bakersfield community.”

A legacy of Duffield’s leadership is seen in the completion of expanded services, including a Comprehensive Stroke Center, development of a new Brain & Spine Institute in collaboration with the University of South Florida and Orthopedic Institute. He brought about transformational growth, increasing admissions and inpatient market share.

“I believe strongly in SJCH’s mission and vision and I am looking forward to leading a team of dedicated healthcare professionals to serve our patients and expand access to care,” says Duffield, who previously was Vice President at Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora, California, a sister Adventist Health facility. He also served at Maluti Adventist Hospital in Lesotho, Africa.

Duffield received his BA in Business Administration from Walla Walla University and is pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon.

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San Joaquin Community Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Visit for more information.