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Dignity Health Appoints Barry Wolfman as new President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo


OXNARD, CA – February 17, 2022 – Barry Wolfman has been appointed President and CEO of Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard, Calif. and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo in Camarillo, Calif. Wolfman, has been serving as interim president since November 1.

“It gives me great pleasure to share that Barry will continue to lead St. John’s Hospitals,” says Julie J. Sprengel, President and CEO of Dignity Health’s Southern California Division. “In his interim role, Barry has been instrumental in facing staffing challenges and navigating the most recent surge of COVID cases while prioritizing the well-being of our St. John’s team at both campuses. I am confident that Barry’s commitment coupled with his invaluable experience, will be instrumental to the growth and success of both hospitals.”

Wolfman brings more than 30 years of hospital operations and healthcare management experience. He has worked in academic, for-profit, and faith-based, non-profit health systems, giving him unique leadership qualities. Additionally, Wolfman has provided leadership development and exploration of two joint ventures for personalized genomic medicine as an international consultant with Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue leading St. John’s Hospitals,” said Barry Wolfman, President and CEO of Dignity Health-St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo. “Both hospitals have wonderful and skilled people doing exceptional work, day in and day out. I am humbled by the opportunity to lead and create a vision for both hospitals that enhances the delivery of care in communities we serve, well into the future.”

Wolfman is known for creating cohesive teams by engaging employees and collaborating with board members and key stakeholders. He has a strong commitment to building physician relationships that align with growth opportunities and strategic organizational goals.

Prior to his interim role, Wolfman was instrumental in elevating The George Washington University Hospital to operate more effectively in the competitive market of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. While serving as CEO, he initiated a collaboration with the medical school for physician relationships, obtained Level 1 trauma designation, opened the GW Cancer Institute, and started kidney and liver transplant programs. He previously held regional senior executive roles for Kaiser Permanente and Tenet Healthcare and served as CEO for Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

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About Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo Dignity Health-St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo in Camarillo comprise the largest non-profit acute care provider in Ventura County. Founded more than 100 years ago, St. John’s Hospitals are nationally recognized for quality care, safety and service. Both hospitals are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care. Learn more at DignityHealth.org/StJohnsRegional or DignityHealth.org/StJohnsHospitalCamarillo.

Publish Date: 

Thursday, February 17, 2022

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