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New President Appointed at Adventist Health Sonora


Adventist Health CEO Scott Reiner has promoted Michelle Fuentes, vice president of operations, to the role of president of Adventist Health Sonora, effective February 28.

Prior to coming to Sonora in 2014 Fuentes served as an assistant vice president and chief operating officer at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. She says she looks forward to continuing the growth and strategic vision started by outgoing President Andrew Jahn, who recently was promoted to president of Adventist Health Southern California Region. “I want to continue to build the culture that makes us special,” Fuentes says. “I love that we take care of our friends and the neighbors we see every day.”

Jahn says he is excited about the future for Adventist Health Sonora. “Michelle’s leadership experience and personal approach will ensure we continue to deliver on our promise to provide world-class, whole person care to the communities we serve,” he said. “It’s been my privilege to have Michelle’s talent on my executive team the last four years.”

After growing up in Denver, Fuentes served in healthcare roles in Florida for 14 years before moving to Sonora. Having always lived in a large city, she wasn’t sure what a small town had to offer but quickly fell in love with the Mother Lode. “Everybody was so welcoming. I wondered at first if it was real, and it has been,” Fuentes explains. “I am blessed to call Sonora home.”

Community leaders who have worked with Fuentes welcomed her to her new role.

“Michelle has done an outstanding job since she joined Adventist Health Sonora in dramatically increasing our patient experience and employee engagement,” says Tim Trujillo, Esq., who serves on the Adventist Health Sonora Governing Board. “While overseeing the design, development and construction of the $36 million Health Pavilion and Diana J. White Cancer Institute, she has shown outstanding leadership. I have every confidence that she will continue the legacy that we have had at Adventist Health Sonora of continually improving the health of our community.”

Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele, a member of the Adventist Health Sonora Civic Advisory Board, Foundation Board and Golf Committee Chair, describes Fuentes as one of the most effective leaders he knows. “I have seen her leadership capabilities and commitment to solve issues and problems as they arise,” he explains. “Michelle has created an environment of trust with both her employees and the patients she serves. I am looking forward to working with Michelle and know that she will lead Adventist Health Sonora in a positive direction while continuing to foster the strong community relationships that already exist.”

In her new role Fuentes will be supporting the medical center, 32 medical offices and other outpatient services. Fuentes holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Union College in Lincoln, Neb.; a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University in Orlando; and membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She and her husband, Edman, have been married for 15 years and have two daughters, ages 8 and 6.