Loma Linda University Health Announces New Appointments

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Five people have been named to new or existing leadership posts at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH).

Five people have been named to new or existing leadership posts at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH).

Five people have been named to new or existing leadership posts at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH).

Daniel Fontoura, previously senior vice president at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), has been tasked with the new role of vice president for wellness and chief wellness officer for LLUH, bringing together thought leaders across the LLUH enterprise and creating a unified message and brand of wellness and disease prevention, as well as expanding the institution’s community outreach and partnerships with community organizations.

As new vice president for business development for Loma Linda University Health System, Peter Baker is working to create a health care network of physicians and hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino to assist LLUH in implementing population health management. Previously vice president for business development at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, he served on a team that helped to launch Loma Linda University Medical Center–Murrieta.

Carolyn Hamilton has been named LLUH vice president for philanthropy. In this new leadership role, she will be responsible for providing leadership to the capital campaign team and managing principal gift relationships. Hamilton is founding partner of The Hamilton Company, a consulting firm that, for the past 25 years, has served a variety of non-profit organizations, providing fundraising counsel and leadership development for community organizations, as well as education, health care, and worldwide ministries.

Dr. Ravi Mandapati succeeds Dr. Ranae Larsen as director of the International Heart Institute. For more than a decade, Dr. Mandapati served as director of pediatric cardiac electrophysiology at LLUMC. He is professor of pediatrics (cardiology) at LLU School of Medicine. Widely published, his research focuses on mapping the mechanisms of atrial fibrillation and arrhythmias in patients with congenital cardiac disease.

Dr. Richard Rajaratnam now leads the clinical transformation efforts for LLUH. In this new role, he will help to integrate health care delivery across all LLUH entities in terms of quality, service, access, and affordability. Rajaratnam most recently served as medical director of Kaiser Permanente, Riverside, as well as the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG). In that role, he managed the entire service area of Riverside County. Prior to that, he chaired the departments of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery for Kaiser Permanente, Riverside, and SCPMG.


About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)
Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

CONTACT: Herbert Atienza, Loma Linda University Health, 909-558-8419, hatienza(at)llu(dot)edu

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