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Rawson named interim president and CEO of Feather River Hospital

Leadership Richard Rawson has been named interim president and CEO of Feather River Hospital, according to Jeff Eller, president and CEO of the Northern California Region of Adventist Health. Rawson, who has spent 32 years in the health care industry—with 16 years as a hospital CEO—will begin his role on January 19.   

“I am grateful that we’ve found someone with Rick’s depth of experience, strong leadership and operational expertise while a permanent president is finalized,” says Eller. “He is dedicated to the mission of Adventist Health. In this interim role, he will guide the hospital management team in identifying strategic opportunities.”   

From 2012-2015, Rawson concurrently served as CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta and senior vice president for Strategic Planning for Loma Linda University Health (LLUH). In these roles, Rawson led LLUH in a strategic planning process, accomplished a financial turnaround of the start-up hospital in Murrieta, California and oversaw the redesign of employee and leadership experience.   

Prior to his work with LLUH, Rawson was president of Adventist Health’s Central Valley Network from 2004-2012. During that time, he consolidated services across the network and implemented a strategy which culminated in network consolidation, rebranding and culture change. Prior to that, Rawson served as president and CEO of Selma Community Hospital from 1999-2004, working on the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for the newly-acquired Adventist Health facility. Earlier in his career, Rawson held roles at three other Adventist Health entities: Glendale Adventist Medical Center, San Joaquin Community Hospital and the Northern California Region.   

Rawson earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loma Linda University and a Master of Business Administration from California State University—Bakersfield. He and his wife of 33 years, Sandee, have a married daughter and recently became grandparents.     

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