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San Joaquin Community Hospital President and CEO Moving On After Successful Three-year Tenure

News BAKERSFIELD, CA—SEPTEMBER 13, 2016—San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) announced that current President and CEO Doug Duffield will be leaving the organization, effective September 30.

“There are a number of factors that have led me to this decision. Most importantly, my family and I have been looking for an opportunity to head back to the Pacific Northwest where I hail from originally,” Duffield said. “I’ll be continuing my work as a health care leader with a large faith-based health care system, although I can’t formally announce those plans just yet.”

Duffield’s three-year tenure at SJCH will be remembered for a number of incredible successes and achievements. The past two years, SJCH has been named a Distinguished Hospital by Healthgrades for the third year in a row – putting the hospital in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall excellence and quality of care. The organization has also been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as High Performing for Heart Failure and COPD. Strong financial management has allowed SJCH to continue to expand services, including opening the new Quest Imaging and AIS Cancer centers on the east side of Chester Avenue. The organization is also days away from welcoming Tehachapi into the Adventist Health family – the culmination of two years’ worth of intentional work.

While the search for a permanent leader is underway, Beth Zachary, SJCH Governing Board Chair, has named Sharlet Briggs, who currently serves as SJCH’s Chief Operating Officer, as interim CEO.

“On behalf of our organization, I’d like to acknowledge and thank Doug Duffield for his contributions and leadership. During this transition period, SJCH and Adventist Health are fortunate to be able to turn to someone of Sharlet’s caliber and professionalism,” Zachary said. “Sharlet is an exceptional leader who has strong relationships throughout the organization and community. I have complete confidence that the organization will move in a positive direction under her leadership.”