San Ramon Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of Ann Lucena as its new CEO to lead all hospital operations starting April 23.
Lucena is returning to San Ramon Regional, where she previously served as an associate administrator, after working in upper administration at the Dallas headquarters of Tenet Healthcare, which manages San Ramon Regional.
“San Ramon Regional Medical Center is an exceptional hospital full of talented and compassionate healthcare professionals who are committed to serving the Tri-Valley community,” Lucena said. “I am honored and excited to return to the San Ramon Regional team. I look forward to helping the hospital continue its legacy of providing high quality, convenient healthcare to every patient in our community.”
Lucena will be replacing current CEO Gary Sloan, who recently announced his retirement and will be stepping down.
“Gary has faithfully served the San Ramon community for the last 15 years and we wish him all the best in his retirement,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Tenet Healthcare Northern California Group. “Now, we are excited to bring Ann on board, as she brings a wealth of experience to San Ramon Regional Medical Center. I am confident the hospital will continue to grow under her leadership to serve the needs of our patients and the community that the hospital has the privilege of serving.”
Previously, Lucena served as the senior director of hospital operations and chief of staff to Tenet’s president of hospital operations in Dallas. While at Tenet in Texas, she served on the Tenet Healthcare Foundation Board, Tenet Care Fund Committee and Tenet Benefits Administration Committee.
“She played a pivotal role in a number of strategic growth and operational improvement activities across Tenet’s system of 69 acute care hospitals and related outpatient care sites,” Krista Deans, San Ramon Regional communications manager, said in a statement.
Lucena is no stranger to the San Ramon Valley having worked as an associate administrator for San Ramon Regional for three years, prior to her time in Dallas. While working in San Ramon, she managed the cardiopulmonary, radiology, pharmacy, laboratory, volunteer and dietary services. She was also heavily involved in the hospital’s due diligence for the joint venture agreement with John Muir Health, and oversaw several key construction and expansion projects.
Lucena was also the vice mayor of the Leadership San Ramon Valley class of 2013.
A Stanford University graduate, Lucena dual-majored in Spanish and biology before earning her MBA at Harvard Business School.
After Stanford, Lucena earned some hands on experience on hospital operations when she worked for Triage Consulting Group. “It was eye-opening,” she said “I got an insider’s perspective on how hospitals function, on how many moving parts there are.”
San Ramon Regional Medical Center first opened its doors the Tri-Valley community in 1990, a 123-bed acute care hospital known for providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. San Ramon Regional and John Muir also partner in an outpatient center in Pleasanton.
Published April 3, 2018. Pleasanton Weekly.