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Torrance hospital executive to head Catholic hospitals in Southern California

November 11, 2010 |  4:02 pm

Michael Hunn A longtime hospital executive with extensive experience in Southern California's healthcare industry has been tapped to lead a chain of nonprofit Catholic hospitals in the Los Angeles area.

Michael Hunn, chief executive of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, has been named senior vice president and chief executive of Providence Health & Services’ California region.

He will oversee more than 10,000 employees at five hospitals, outpatient centers, long-term care facilites, physician organizations, hospices programs and a Catholic high school in Burbank.

Hunn, 55, has served as the chief executive of 12 hospitals over the last 19 years, primarily in Southern California, including stints at sites in Westminster, Lakewood and Culver City. He has spent the last five years at the Providence medical center in Torrance.

The four other hospitals  now under his control are Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro.

“In healthcare today, we have a very serious obligation and responsibility to ensure we create affordable access,” said Hunn, who lives in Orange County. “We need to do everything possible to eliminate waste, reduce risk, cause no harm and work in complete collaboration with our medical staff.”

The Providence operations in California are part of the nonprofit Providence Health & Services system based in Renton, Wash. The parent company operates 27 hospitals, physician clinics and other services in four other states --  Alaska, Washington, Montana and Oregon.

-- Duke Helfand

Photo: Michael Hunn

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