|Chris Van Gorder|
Chris Van Gorder, FACHE
President & CEO, Scripps Health
As President and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000, Chris Van Gorder has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation’s foremost healthcare institutions. Now he is leading the restructure of the $2.6 billion, integrated health system to best prepare for the changes of healthcare reform. Board certified in healthcare management and an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow, he also served as 2010 Chairman of the association. As Chairman, he provided leadership for an established network of more than 80 ACHE chapters that provide local access to networking, education, and career development. In 2014, ACHE gave Van Gorder the Gold Medal Award, awarded to outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the healthcare profession.
Van Gorder received his master’s degree in public administration/health services administration at the University of Southern California, completed the Wharton CEO Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles.
Van Gorder’s rise to healthcare executive has been unconventional. His journey began as a hospital patient, when as a police officer he was critically injured during a family dispute call. After a lengthy recovery and starting a new career in hospital security, Van Gorder continued his education in healthcare management and rose to levels of increased responsibility. He continues to serve the public as a reserve assistant sheriff in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, in charge of the Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue Reserves. He is also a licensed emergency medical technician (EMT) and an instructor for the American Red Cross.
Van Gorder’s first book—The Front-Line Leader: Building a High Performance Organization from the Ground Up—was published in November. He now regularly writes on leadership, corporate culture, and healthcare through his front-line leadership blog—#Frontlineleader—and on Twitter @ChrisD.VanGorder.
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