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Nicholas Testa, MD, Appointed Chief Physician Executive for Newly-formed Southwest Division of CommonSpirit Health

Los Angeles, CA. May 30, 2019— Effective June 3, Dr. Nicholas Testa, MD, will be assuming the role of Chief Physician Executive (CPE) for the newly-formed Southwest Division of CommonSpirit Health. Dr. Testa will oversee the delivery of care at nine acute care hospitals in Southern California and Nevada.
“I’m delighted that Dr. Testa has accepted this expanded role,” states Julie Sprengel, President, Southwest Division, CommonSpirit Health. “Dr. Testa’s extensive knowledge, collaborative approach, and passion for ensuring high quality care will serve the Southwest Division well.”
Dr. Testa has been serving as the CPE for Dignity Health Southern California since January 2017. During his tenure, he has successfully recruited new clinical leadership, led initiatives aimed at improving patient experience, and rolled out an area-wide High Reliability Organization (HRO) program, focused on enhancing patient safety. 

“I’m honored to have been chosen to oversee the clinical care of the newly-formed Southwest Division,” states Dr. Testa. “I look forward to expanding our safety efforts and ensuring our patients receive the highest level of care in the Nevada area, while continuing to improve the patient experience across all of our facilities.”

As a previous associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine Dr. Testa has a strong commitment to medical education and continues to teach locally and nationally on the topics of patient safety, quality improvement, and physician leadership. Prior to his current position, Dr. Testa held the role of chief medical officer at Providence – St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA and before that served as associate medical director for LAC+USC Medical Center. 

Dr. Testa completed his emergency medicine residency training in 2005 at LAC+USC Medical Center and his transitional internship in 2002 at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Originally from New York City, Dr. Testa earned his medical degree at New York Medical College and attended Middlebury College for his undergraduate training.


About Commonspirit Health
CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 22-state Dignity Health network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics.


Publish date: 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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