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Jennifer Swenson Named President and CEO of Simi Valley Hospital


July 16, 2015 (Roseville, Calif.) – Jennifer Swenson has been named president and CEO of Simi Valley Hospital (SVH), according to Beth Zachary, president and CEO of the Southern California Region for Adventist Health. She will begin her new role on August 17.

Swenson comes to SVH with more than 20 years of finance, operations and business development leadership experience in the health care industry. Most recently, she worked as a corporate vice president for Kettering Health Network in Kettering, Ohio, where she implemented strategic initiatives and oversaw business development and senior division for the Kettering Health Network.

“Not only does Jennifer have proven business skills, she shines in the areas of working with employees, physicians, boards and community,” said Zachary. “A lot of good work has been accomplished in this area at the hospital, and I am confident that she will pick this up and keep building.”

 Before her work with Kettering Health Network, Swenson was president at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio. There, she oversaw many significant achievements including successfully transitioning the hospital to a new electronic medical record, implementing a new emergency department transformation of care, recruiting more than 30 physicians through employment and partnership as well as creating a new hospital foundation that raised $2.5 million in the first campaign.

 “Our goal in health care should always be to provide excellent care in an environment that is conducive to healing,” said Swenson. “Simi Valley Hospital has made incredible strides towards excellence in the care provided to our patients. We are truly blessed to be able to extend our mission to a wonderful community. I look forward to leading this great organization.”

 The community of Simi Valley is not unfamiliar to Swenson, who lived there from 2000 to 2004.  Her role at SVH was controller, but was the starting point to launching her executive career in health care.

 “Jennifer is very enthusiastic about building a hospital that belongs to its community,” said Zachary. “This was an important factor to our board members, physicians and executives who made a collective decision to select her.”

 Zachary had special words of appreciation for Caroline Esparza, senior vice president of patient care and chief nurse executive, who stepped up as interim president during the search for a new CEO.

 “It has been such a pleasure to work with Caroline,” said Zachary. “She has overseen our 50th Anniversary celebration, the licensing of our new catheterization lab, and the expansion of our emergency and surgical services. She is trusted by our employees, physicians and board members.”

Swenson, who will receive her MBA from Ohio University this December, holds a BS in business administration from Pacific Union College. She and her husband Grant have three boys, Brandon, Devin and Ian, and look forward to relocating to the wonderful Simi Valley community.

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Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Visit for more information.