Loma Linda, Calif. (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Kerry Heinrich, interim chief executive officer of Loma Linda University Medical Center and interim administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, has been named CEO of both facilities, as well as the Behavioral Medicine Center. His appointment was approved by two governing boards on Aug. 25. He had served in the interim positions since July 1, following the resignation of then-CEO Ruthita Fike.
Heinrich has had a long association with Loma Linda University Health as an attorney, serving on the legal counsel team. Since joining the organization in 1984, he has conducted contract negotiations and negotiated financial acquisitions and complex corporate restructures. He has also led major initiatives to improve reimbursements for the health care entities.
A 23-member search committee—representing hospital, university and physician leadership—recommended Heinrich’s appointment.
“After considering a number of strong internal and external candidates from many parts of the nation, Kerry Heinrich rose to the top as a natural choice,” said Dr. Richard H. Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health. “Not only does he have the right mix of business acumen, knowledge of Loma Linda’s culture, and passion for our mission, he has also demonstrated during his interim term the ability to provide the type of leadership we need during this critical time in Loma Linda’s history. For these reasons, the boards approved the search committee’s recommendation.”
Heinrich will provide strategic leadership for—and oversee the day-to-day operations of—the six hospitals that together form Loma Linda University Medical Center. In addition, he will serve as executive vice president for hospital affairs of Loma Linda University Health.
“I’m looking forward with eager anticipation to the challenges and successes we will have as an organization wholly dedicated to the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” Heinrich said. “The coming years are going to be a dynamic, exciting time for Loma Linda. It will be a privilege to serve with my colleagues.”
Hart added that he was delighted to welcome Heinrich to this important leadership role on a permanent basis. “Kerry has the requisite skills and leadership ability to move us forward as our organization is changing and maturing. He will be a great blessing in this position.”
Heinrich received his bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in business with an emphasis in finance and management from Walla Walla University in Washington. He earned a juris doctor (JD) degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Law and has specialized in health-care law.
He is a partner in the law firm of Schilt & Heinrich, LLP. His practice emphasis is health care reimbursement and corporate transactional work for health care entities. He served as special counsel for compliance to Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University Health Care and Loma Linda University Faculty Practice Plan.
Heinrich, 56, is married to Judy, a dentist, and they live in Calimesa. They have two children in college, Christopher and Kate.
Photo Caption: Kerry Heinrich has been named CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center.
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 800 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."
About Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)
Loma Linda University Medical Center’s comprehensive health system includes: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Loma Linda University Heart & Surgical Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta, and physician clinics. LLUMC is widely respected as a health care leader and is known for its pioneering and cutting-edge work in such areas as organ transplants, proton treatment for cancers, cardiac care, physical rehabilitation, acute pediatric and adult care, as well as treatments for chemical dependence and other behavioral disorders. LLUMC is the only Level 1 trauma Center in the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties, which covers over 40,000 square miles in Southern California. With a total of 1,076 beds, the Loma Linda University Medical Center includes the only children’s hospital in the region. Loma Linda University Medical Center sees over 40,000 inpatients and more than 750,000 outpatient visits a year.