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Adventist Health Ukiah Valley President Gwen Matthews, a Seven-year Veteran of Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Announces Retirement


Adventist Health Ukiah Valley President and long-time executive Gwen Matthews has announced her intent to retire at the beginning of 2019. Matthews is a 45-year veteran of healthcare, the last 25 with Adventist Health.  She has held the role of CEO & President of Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, formerly known as Ukiah Valley Medical Center, for over seven years. 

Jeff Eller, President, Northern California Region cited a number of Matthew’s accomplishments, including the recent expansion of its new Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, a $55 million-dollar construction project spanning five years. Matthews also was instrumental in developing the Family Medicine Residency Program which in July 2019 will begin training new physicians in primary care.  Through her focus on accelerating the new models for financing and delivering healthcare, the medical center has been placed in a solid financial position which has supported the upgrades of equipment, improvements to clinics and the physical plant, while broadening its clinical offerings to expand outpatient services, pediatrics, oncology, ophthalmology and dentistry as well as outpatient care management and the street medicine program that supports patients with complex needs and limited resources. Through her visionary leadership, she pioneered the development of population health in our rural community which is being replicated in other areas.

“Gwen will be missed by so many people,” said David Weiss. “She is an inspiration, mentor and a friend to so many people in this community. On behalf of all of us, we are saddened to see her go and are grateful for her many contributions to the health of our community.”

"I am excited about the hospital’s future and will always love this amazing team and this community. I feel blessed to have played a key role in laying a strong foundation for high quality healthcare for future generations to come. Honestly, it couldn’t have happened without the passion, skills and talent of the professionals who serve both at this medical center as well as in the community,” commented Matthews.

Eller said Adventist Health is embarking on a process to identify a leader immediately and will keep everyone updated on the process.