The president and chief executive officer for Adventist Health Sonora is being promoted to a leadership role for the faith-based nonprofit health system’s Southern California region.
Adventist Health has selected Andrew Jahn to be regional president for its Southern California operations, and he is expected to assume his new duties full time on Feb. 28, marketing and communications staff for Adventist Health Sonora said in an announcement Tuesday.
It remained unclear who will replace Jahn as president and chief executive officer for Adventist Health Sonora.
Founded in 1973 on Seventh-day Adventist values, Adventist Health is billed as an integrated health care system serving more than 75 communities in California, Oregon and Hawaii.
Sonora Regional Medical Center was renamed Adventist Health Sonora last year.
During his time in Sonora, Jahn has been on the executive board of the Tuolumne County Business Council, and his energetic leadership style and his concern for the local community will be missed, some of his peers said Tuesday.
“Andrew is a numbers guy, so he always has an eye on what is needed to make a project work,” said Ron Kopf, a developer, Realtor and Tuolumne Utilities District board member who is executive director of the Tuolumne County Business Council.
“More than that, he gets involved in the community, as does Adventist Health,” Kopf said. “They are involved in just about every charitable organization I can think of. He really cares about this community that he lives in. He wants to bring desirable and much-needed medical services to this area, which he has continued to do.”
Darrell Slocum, executive director for the Sonora Area Foundation and former president of the Tuolumne County Business Council, said Jahn was a strong local leader with listening skills and energy.
“I felt like Andrew was a good listener and he was supportive of programs in the community,” Slocum said. “He offered good insight, and he had interesting perspective, from the standpoint of how programs would interact with Adventist Health Sonora, and he was a good representative of his organization and the community.
“I’m hoping they can replace his energy,” Slocum said. “He had a significant amount of energy. He was one of those high-energy individuals who was always on. He was able to harness that energy to do good. It’s important for our area to have people like that.”
Jeff Redoutey, chief executive officer for Blue Mountain Minerals and president of the Tuolumne County Business Council board of directors, said it’s no surprise Jahn is getting a bigger job.
“He’s a really capable guy,” Redoutey said Tuesday. “If you look at where Sonora Adventist Health is compared to when he started, they’re going in the right direction. If you look at the cancer center, that’s got his fingerprints all over it.”
Jahn brings a practical sense of business leadership, Redoutey said. He gets things done, and that will be missed in the local business community.
“He’s active,” Redoutey said. “I’ve always been amazed when he would talk about what’s going on at the hospital and all the places he is active in that hospital, whether remodeling or expanding the emergency department. I view him as a very active leader for his organization.”
Jahn has worked as the president and chief executive officer of Adventist Health Sonora and affiliated clinics in Northern California since 2013, according to marketing and communications staff.
Adventist Health Sonora is a 152-bed acute care hospital, and its network of 30 hospital-based rural health clinics, cancer center, skilled nursing facility, outpatient surgery center and wellness programs serve rural communities of Tuolumne, Calaveras and Mariposa counties.
Before his promotion to president of Sonora Regional Medical Center in 2013, Jahn worked as vice president and chief financial officer and he managed the hospital’s $250 million operating budget. He also oversaw business development, growth and acquisitions with direct oversight of key hospital service lines, according to marketing and communications staff.
In his new job as regional president for Adventist Health Southern California, Jahn will report
to Bill Wing, president of Adventist Health.
“It is an indescribable privilege to transition to the Adventist Health Southern California Region to lead an incredible team,” Jahn said in prepared remarks.
“I’m thankful that I have had the opportunity to serve with quality people doing heartfelt and exceptional work during my 15-plus years in Adventist healthcare,” Jahn said, “and I know that the extremely talented team I am joining in Southern California shares those qualities.”
Wing said Jahn’s track record with the company makes him the ideal candidate for his new role. He is a creative and compassionate leader with skills and experience to lead Adventist Health Southern California, Wing said.
Scott Reiner, chief executive officer for Adventist Health, said he is confident in Jahn’s ability to drive high quality patient care, purpose-driven employee engagement and fiscal stewardship.
One of the high-profile projects Jahn has worked on in Sonora is the nearly completed, $20 million Diana J. White Cancer Institute Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center on Greenley Road. The multistory, 64,000-square-foot facility has been billed by Adventist Health as a home for diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, laboratory and primary care services. It will offer medical oncology, radiation oncology and an infusion center.
An opening date for the center has yet to be announced.
Jahn worked at other health care facilities before he came to Sonora, including as director of finance at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and as assistant to the chief financial officer at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
He is also a member of the Union College Advisory Board, chair-elect of the Hospital Council of Northern California, and a board member and trustee for the California Hospital Association.
Jahn’s education includes a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and a bachelor of science degree from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Adventist Health has 24,600 employees, 5,000 medical staff physicians, and 3,700
volunteers working at 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics, 13 home-care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers.
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