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Dignity Health Woodland Memorial Hospital Announces Executive Leadership Transition

President & CEO Kevin Vaziri concludes career at Dignity Health.

Woodland, CA – Dignity Health Woodland Memorial Hospital announced today that Kevin Vaziri, president & CEO, has made the decision to conclude his career at Dignity Health effective September 1, 2020. Kevin’s health care career spans three decades and for the past 16 years he has been instrumental in the success and growth of Dignity Health and Woodland Memorial. His enthusiasm and leadership will be greatly missed.

Under Kevin’s leadership, Woodland Memorial continues to deliver on its commitment to provide care beyond the hospital walls. Kevin’s unwavering focus on meeting the needs of the community, the hospital’s medical staff, and employees is unparalleled. Kevin leaves a legacy in which he focused on growing and delivering nationally recognized care through dedicated and compassionate health care professionals who always put patients first. This will continue to serve the community now and in the future.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served Dignity Health and Woodland Memorial the past 16 years, and will forever cherish the relationships I have formed with physicians, employees and community members,” said Kevin Vaziri. “Woodland Memorial is a special place and I am proud of the work we accomplished to bring high-quality care and comprehensive services to the region.”

With Kevin’s departure, Edmundo Castañeda, president & CEO of Mercy General Hospital has accepted the offer to expand his role and also oversee Woodland Memorial as president & CEO. Edmundo joined Dignity Health in 2012 as Mercy General Hospital’s president and has served as the interim president at Woodland Memorial since February. Edmundo is committed to continuing to nurture a highly engaged staff and medical group and foster a culture of clinical excellence and accountability, while meeting mission-focused objectives.

“I congratulate Kevin on a brilliant career and thank him for his tireless service to Dignity Health and Woodland Memorial,” said Edmundo Castañeda. “He leaves incredibly difficult shoes to fill, but I look forward to the challenge and am excited to continue to integrate myself in the hospital and community.”

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a multi-state network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care-centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and 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 FY 2019, Dignity Health provided more than $1.1 billion in patient financial assistance, unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health improvement services, and other community benefits. For more information, please visit our website at