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Adventist Health and Rideout President Rick Rawson to retire Oct. 31


MARYSVILLE – Rick Rawson, who led the Adventist Health and Rideout healthcare team through their transition to Adventist Health, has decided to retire Oct. 31 after 38 years in healthcare, he announced today.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve our team and community these past three years,” Rawson said. “I’ve been so impressed with this community’s commitment to making a difference and caring for others.”

Rawson and his team dramatically improved patient safety since he took the helm in 2018, helped to re-establish services in Butte County after the Camp Fire and served on the front lines of COVID-19 care during the pandemic and vaccination efforts. To enhance care within the Yuba-Sutter community, the Rideout team established the Adventist Health Heart and Vascular Center; expanded cardiovascular, cancer and bariatric care; and added electrophysiology, urgent care and pain care services, among other projects.

Rawson previously served as president of Adventist Health Feather River in Paradise, California, and in leadership roles in 10 other Adventist Health communities throughout California. In addition, he served as CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta and senior vice president for strategic planning for Loma Linda University Health. He also co-founded HC2 Strategies Inc., a consulting company, and is a certified executive coach as well as an associate clinical professor and executive in residence for the Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

“I have deeply appreciated Rick’s rich experience, visionary leadership and innovative thinking,” said Andrew Jahn, Adventist Health Care Division president. “He leaves a legacy of inspirational, innovative leadership and devotion to our mission.”

Creating a smooth leadership transition for Adventist Health and Rideout is a top priority for Adventist Health, Jahn said, adding that the transition plan will build on the foundation and vision that Rawson and his team have created in Sutter and Yuba counties.


Adventist Health and Rideout is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones company, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, its innovative Adventist Health Hospital@Home program that provides virtual in-patient care at home, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.