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Mark Twain Medical Center Announces New President


Mark Twain Medical Center, (MTMC) through its affiliation with Dignity Health, are extremely pleased to announce that Robert Diehl will be joining Dignity Health as President of Mark Twain Medical Center, beginning June 13.

“Bob Diehl has the background, talent, personality and presence to continue to make our hospital one of the most successful community critical access hospitals in the state,” stated Dr. William Griffin, chief of staff and chair of Mark Twain Medical Center Corporate Board. “We are looking forward to his imminent arrival.”

At Mark Twain Medical Center, Bob will work closely with the hospital and medical staff leadership team on all aspects of hospital operations as he builds on Mark Twain’s rich history of excellence and service as a critical access hospital serving all of Calaveras County. He will also oversee care and operations at the five county medical centers and four specialty care centers that support the hospital’s outreach.

“Bob is an experienced and very insightful leader,” remarked Interim CEO Larry Philipp. “I am certain that he will be very supported by the excellent Hospital and Medical Staff at MTMC as I have been these past seven months. It has truly been a pleasure for me to have served in this role during the transition and multiple successes to enhance the care at MTMC. I am confident that the team(s) will continue to collaborate with Bob. He truly shares our collective vison for the future of the greater health care needs of Calaveras County and beyond.”

Diehl has over 23 years of experience as professional healthcare leader and is coming from St. Joseph Health System, a California-based integrated Catholic health care delivery system, where he held positions of progressive responsibility over 12 years. Most recently, he served as vice president, Operations for Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif. with oversight of ancillary and support services departments for the 205-bed acute care facility. During his career, Bob has also worked at Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Whittier Hospital in Lakewood and Whittier, Calif., and consulted for the health care practice of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Diehl holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Health Administration from University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Ministry Leadership Center in Sacramento and GreenBelt Certified in Lean management practices.

He has a wife, Susan; and a son, Penn. Diehl’s’ son is currently a sophomore at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Susan and Bob will make their home in Angels Camp.

“Bob is an experienced health care leader with a strong background in hospital operations, business development, clinical quality, and performance improvement,” said Jon Van Boening, President/CEO, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Senior VP Operations, Dignity Health Central California Service Area “Bob’s skills match the mission and needs of our organization as we work to realize our goals of excellence in our care and leadership in patient and employee experience. His background provides him with a deep commitment to the healing ministry of Dignity Health and our brand of Humankindness.”

About Mark Twain Medical Center

Founded in 1951, Mark Twain Medical Center is a 25-bed, full-access hospital providing inpatient acute care, outpatient services and emergency services. The Medical Center’s Medical Staff represents a broad range of specialties that ensure access to high quality medical care in a rural community. In addition to being a major provider of health services, Mark Twain Medical Center is also a major source of jobs for area residents. On average, more than 300 people are employed at the hospital and its five Family Medical Centers. The Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health, the fifth largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. Mark Twain Medical Center is also on Facebook.

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a 21-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient- centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY14, Dignity Health provided nearly $2 billion in charitable care and services. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. 

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