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CEO For Inland Valley and Rancho Springs Medical Centers Resigns

It is not immediately clear why Rivers is leaving Southwest Healthcare System or who his replacement will be.

9/20 UPDATE: Southwest Healthcare System spokesman Paul Cox issued a statement today announcing that Sept. 21 is Ken Rivers' last day at the company. No replacement has yet been found to fill the empty CEO seat, according to today's statement.

9/19 ORIGINAL POST:Inland Valley Medical Center’s top chief is leaving his post to take a position with Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Hank Lee, CEO of CHA Health Systems in Los Angeles, confirmed the news that Southwest Healthcare System CEO Ken Rivers will lead Hollywood Presbyterian as CEO effective Oct. 1.

Southwest Healthcare System operates Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar and Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta.

“He will be a major asset to us,” Lee said. “He is an extremely intelligent visionary and we’re excited to have him on board.”

CHA Health Systems operates the 434-bed Hollywood Presbyterian, as well as several hospitals in Korea and a research center in the Boston area, Lee said.

Southwest Healthcare System has been mum regarding Rivers’ departure. Repeated messages left with Southwest's media spokesman have not been returned, and at press time there have been no official public statements released on the healthcare provider’s website.

News of Rivers’ departure was publicly announced by Murrieta City Councilwoman Kelly Bennett during open session of the Sept. 18 city council meeting. Bennett thanked the CEO for his service to her community and said he will be missed.

Southwest Healthcare System has seen difficult times in recent years. Problems dating back to 2007 led to a finding by California Department of Public Health investigators that the provider was putting patient health in jeopardy. As a result, state officials threatened to pull the Southwest Healthcare's Medicare/Medicaid funding and revoke its license to operate both local hospitals. Either move would have effectively shut down the facilities.

In April 2010, then-Southwest Healthcare System CEO Dennis Knox resigned amid a flurry of criticism. Rivers, who was serving as CEO at Corona Regional Medical Center, replaced Knox.

Under Rivers, last year state investigators cleared Southwest Healthcare System after the provider took steps to improve its patient services.

It is not immediately clear what prompted Rivers to take a position with another healthcare provider or who his replacement will be Southwest Healthcare.

Universal Health Services, the umbrella over Southwest Healthcare System, is currently building another hospital in Temecula. The 140-bed acute care Temecula Valley Hospital is expected to open in mid 2013. --Maggie Avants contributed to this story.

citizen October 09, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Sierra you have enough sense to blog about the reputation of workers and hospitals, but not enough enthusiasm to ask ?s or act upon the behalf of relative/patient.
Beach mom October 09, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Did Ken Rivers ever make a statement ?
Sierra Mist October 09, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I found out about where patients and family can turn to for help when disaster strikes while at the hospital or other medical facilities after the fact. I actually did not know what to do at the time since I did not even realize that such horror even existed at a hospital. I was in so much shock as to what was happening and it was not even a believable situation as to what the staff was doing. Asking questions or acting upon at these hospitals was completely useless and impossible for me,it did not work.Maybe sometimes it works you can always try.Most of the time you will need the help of an outside source. Maybe a hospital ombudsman if they are not paid by southwest. Anyway unless you know the hell that I have been through and still am in by my time spent at southwest and walked and are walking in my shoes,how are you even in the position to say anything about what I should of or could have done???? You have no clue as to what I have been through or what was going on at the time, think about it.Your thoughtless mean spirited comments do not make any sense unless you are trying to rub salt in the wound as the expression goes. I already have survivors guilt even though there was nothing I could have done to stop the killing of this patient. The only ones that would have been able to stop it is the staff by just showing some mercy,but they did not want to.
citizen October 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Sierra again you speak with no facts!!! Just disrespectful comments about people and company. Just put it to rest you'll be a much happier individual. Sierra blahhhhhhh blahhhhhh I'm waiting for something intelligent to come out...
Sierra Mist October 10, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Southwest staff does much more than disrespect patients.That would be the least of their problems. I could deal with their disrespect if they would always put plenty of effort into saving lives and not put lives into such terrible danger by what they do.It can't get any worse than that.That is the ultimate disrespect disgrace and dishonoring of a patient and family that they can do.This is especially true when I had to experience all of this right in front of my face. Between the two southwest hospitals,sw staff put people in life threatening danger and life is taken.There was no reason for this. I witnessed a life being destroyed/taken which does not include the family and friends of this person. I also saw life put into terrible danger.This may not happen all the time, with every patient but all that I saw was way more than enough for me or any other normal human being to have to deal with.If it had been some kind of accident it would have been easier to understand, but that was not the case. What kind of facts do you want. Unless you are a lawyer or detective I don't think that me telling you all the facts will help you much. I have already wrote about what happened. I will never give this a rest since this is now a very big horrific part of my life. I therefore feel it is my obligation to never let this rest and warn people of the terrible danger of southwest.

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