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Adventist Health Glendale selects Alice Issai to lead as president

Leadership

Adventist Health Glendale announced today the appointment of Alice Issai, MBA, as the new president of Adventist Health Glendale, the largest medical center in the system. Issai will begin on July 2, and will report to Andrew Jahn, president of the Adventist Health Southern California Region. 

“We are excited to have Alice return to Adventist Health Glendale where she started her professional career as a financial analyst nearly four decades ago,” says Jahn. “Since then she has made her mark in the industry as a distinguished healthcare leader in Southern California with extensive experience leading large quaternary and tertiary health organizations.”

Issai comes to Adventist Health Glendale from Keck Medicine of USC where for the last several years she has served as chief operating officer for Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. During her tenure, she was responsible for developing high-performing teams, driving a culture of accountability, expanding access to excellent and affordable care in Los Angeles, and building trust, partnership and collaboration with physicians and department chairs. Prior to Keck Medicine, Issai held several chief executive-level positions in finance, business strategy and operations at world-class institutions like UC Irvine Health, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles and West Los Angeles, and City of Hope National Medical Center. 

“The medical staff is eager for Alice’s arrival in July,” adds Harlan Gibbs, MD, Chief of Staff at Adventist Health Glendale. “With her depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise, we are confident that, working together, we will continue to improve the health of the Glendale community we passionately care for.”

Issai pursued her undergraduate degree in business administration and finance at Andrews University in Michigan. After graduating and then completing her MBA at Pepperdine University, Issai and her husband moved to Glendale, where they still happily reside. 

“As a long-time resident of the Glendale community, assuming this role takes on a deeper meaning for my family,” comments Issai. “Adventist Health Glendale has a strong track record of providing quality, whole-person care to its patients, as made evident by the seventh consecutive A grade the medical center recently received from Leapfrog for sustained excellence in patient safety. I look forward to leading this great organization and expanding our reach of care into my beloved community and beyond!”

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Adventist Health Glendale is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, non-profit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Its compassionate and talented team of 33,300 includes more than 24,600 employees; 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 3,700 volunteers working together in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 20 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Through its nonprofit public benefit corporation Adventist Health accommodates the unique needs of organizations that want to affiliate. Together, its team is inspired to transform the health experience of our communities, with its unique focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing. For more information, visit www.adventisthealth.org.