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Stanford-ValleyCare names new chief operating officer

Pleasanton hospital also to receive expanded care from Stanford Medicine physicians

Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare recently announced the hiring of experienced hospital operations administrator Tracey Lewis Taylor as its new chief operating officer following a nationwide recruitment.

Taylor, who worked most recently as vice president of operations at New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y., brings more than 17 years of experience in hospital leadership, clinical management, and health care and life sciences consulting, ValleyCare officials said.

"This is an exciting position for me and a welcomed change to live on the West Coast," Taylor said in a statement.

"The academic community partnership with Stanford is a remarkable opportunity to provide the right level of health care in the most appropriate setting, allowing our patients and community members to receive the highest quality of health care where they live and work," she added.

"As part of Stanford Health Care, ValleyCare is positioned to further enhance health in the region by advancing the delivery of leading edge and highly coordinated care," Taylor said. "In my first few days here, I've been impressed with the quality of our care providers, the passion they have for delivery of health care, and the commitment each has to our patients and to one other."

Taylor replaced former chief operating officer Doug Gunderson, who left ValleyCare in June.

"As we grow in the Tri-Valley area, we believe that Tracey will bring us exceptional insight and operating experience so we can continue to offer our community the highest care possible," president Scott Gregerson said. "We could not be more pleased, and are excited about the many contributions she will make to our ValleyCare family."

In her role at New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, Taylor was responsible for successful day-to-day operations and provided strategic leadership direction and oversight to key clinical services hospital wide, ValleyCare officials said.

Her other career experience included multiple positions at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, serving as a director at Tenet Health System, working as a health and life sciences consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and consulting in the biomedical, pharmaceutical and health care practice at Arthur Andersen, LLP.

She earned a master's degree in public health and a bachelor's degree in psychology/sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.

In other news, Stanford-ValleyCare announced this week that several Stanford Medicine physicians will now provide care in the Tri-Valley, expanding local access to specialized medical care, clinical innovations and research opportunities for patients.

"The addition of Stanford Medicine physicians further strengthens our ability to treat complex cases and helps ensure that patients have seamless access to the latest clinical innovations, right here in the Tri-Valley," Gregerson said.

The expanded services include specialized Stanford Medicine programs in areas such as adult and pediatric hospitalist medicine, vascular surgery and subspecialty cancer care, hospital officials said.

Specialists from Stanford University School of Medicine will provide outpatient clinical care, and in some cases, inpatient care for services at ValleyCare, officials said. For example, Stanford hospitalists and vascular surgeons will provide 24/7 care for inpatients and emergency cases.

Specialists in dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecologic and radiation oncology, hepatology, infectious disease, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, and vascular surgery will see patients at clinic locations in Pleasanton and Livermore, officials added.

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