LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Catherine Shitara, a leading Southern California health care executive, is the new Chief Operating Officer at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.
Shitara has more than 20 years of leadership experience with health systems and academic, acute care and behavioral health hospitals, achieving impressive patient quality and safety outcomes, fostering team collaboration and excelling in value-based initiatives.
"As an experienced executive with a stellar track record leading multiple enterprise operations and performance improvement programs, Catherine is a strong and welcome addition to our senior leadership team," says Marcia Manker, CEO of MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center which was recently recognized in U.S. News & World Report annual listings of America's Best Hospitals.
Shitara previously spearheaded patient safety and quality outcome initiatives as a Prospect Medical Holdings National Vice President. She also served as CEO and Hospital Administrator for Alta Hospital Systems' three acute-care and behavioral health facilities that were acquired by Prospect.
Other career highlights include Accreditation and Patient Safety Manager for Keck Medical Center of USC and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. As Verdura Group President and CEO, she provided administrative and operational management to LAC+USC Medical Center, supporting EHR system conversions, operational efficiencies and clinical documentation improvements.
Shitara earned her bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles and MBA from University of Southern California. Her early career in consumer products and aerospace included work with Global Positional Satellite (GPS) systems, specialized military and commercial aircraft, and sporting goods product development.
Saddleback Medical Center is listed #45 nationally in orthopedic surgery by U.S. News & World Report and achieved high performance rankings for Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Geriatrics, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery and Urology. It was named among America's 50 Best Hospitals, Top 50 U.S. Cardiovascular Hospitals, consecutively voted to the top two Best Orange County Hospitals by Orange County Register readers, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Stroke Care Gold Plus and is among the first U.S. hospitals to earn Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission and American Heart and Stroke Associations. Centers of Excellence include cancer, heart, orthopedics, spine, diabetes, neuroscience, gastroenterology, emergency and critical care, breast health, imaging, women's health, geriatrics, and minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery. Designated a Magnet organization—highest honor for nursing excellence—it is one of just 39 hospitals nationwide and the only one in Orange County designated by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology as a Center of Excellence. The Women's Hospital at Saddleback Medical Center offers personalized obstetrics, perinatal programs and neonatal intensive care unit. It is part of MemorialCare with over 200 care locations, top hospitals--Saddleback Medical Center, Orange Coast Medical Center, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach; MemorialCare Medical Group; Greater Newport Physicians; Seaside Health Plan; and outpatient surgery, imaging, dialysis, urgent care, health and breast centers in Southern California. Visit www.memorialcare.org/saddleback.
SOURCE MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center