CHA News Article

Mark Laret to Guide CHA Board of Trustees
CEO of UCSF Medical Center & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital elected 2014 chair

Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, has been elected 2014 chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. Laret is a nationally recognized health care executive, having just completed a term as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the national trade association for the nation’s medical schools and academic medical centers. He also is a former chair of the national Council of Teaching Hospitals and has been a board member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner called Laret “an outstanding choice” to serve as CHA’s Board Chair during the coming year.

“California’s hospitals will be well-served by having Mark Laret guide our association in 2014,” Dauner said. “His visionary leadership and commitment to improving access to high-quality patient care will be crucial in the year ahead.”

A graduate of UCLA, where he was a Regents scholar, Laret earned his master’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to joining UCSF in 2000, Laret held management positions at two other UC hospitals – UCLA Medical Center and UC Irvine Medical Center. During his years at UCLA, Laret spearheaded the Medical Center’s acquisition of Santa Monica Community Hospital and headed the 900-physician UCLA Medical Group. 

“I am honored to lead this distinguished group of more than 400 hospitals and health systems during a challenging period,” said Laret. “And, I am optimistic about our abilities, working together, to build an even healthier hospital and health care delivery system in California over the next year.”

Other officers elected to the CHA Board of Trustees for 2014 are Chair-Elect Michael H. Covert, president/CEO of Palomar Health in North San Diego County; Secretary-Treasurer Gregory A. Adams, president, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; and Past Chair Roger E. Seaver, president/CEO of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia (Los Angeles County).

 

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