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Dignity Health Announces Changes in Greater Sacramento Market Executive Leadership Team

Three local hospital facilities name new President and CEO

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (November 5, 2021) – Dignity Health announced today a series of executive leadership changes for its Greater Sacramento Market. Edmundo Castañeda, President and CEO of Mercy General Hospital and Woodland Memorial Hospital is departing the organization to pursue a new opportunity in Dallas, Texas. Castañeda joined Dignity Health nine years ago as President and CEO of Mercy General Hospital, and he also served in that capacity at Mercy Hospital of Folsom from 2015-2017. In February 2020, Castañeda took on the added responsibility as President and CEO of Woodland Memorial Hospital. 

“Edmundo has been a valuable and well respected member of our team and our community and will be deeply missed,” said Dr. Todd Strumwasser, Northern California Division President for CommonSpirit Health. “We have a wealth of talent and expertise within our Executive Leadership Team, and with his departure, I am excited for the three individuals, Dr. Brian Evans, Dr. Gregory Eberhart and Gena Bravo, who will now assume new roles within the market. Combined they have decades of experience ranging from clinical proficiency to operational success, our future is in great hands.” 

The following announcements are effective November 25, 2021:

Dr. Brian Evans

President and CEO of Mercy Hospital of Folsom (MHF) and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) will become President and CEO of Mercy General Hospital in addition to his current role as President and CEO of MHF. To accommodate this new appointment, he will be resigning as President and CEO of SNMH. Dr. Evans began leading SNMH in December 2018 and added leadership responsibilities for MHF earlier this year. 


Dr. Gregory Eberhart

Chief Medical Officer of Mercy San Juan Medical Center, will serve as Interim President and CEO at SNMH. Dr. Eberhart is a board-certified cardiologist and has experience as an Interim Chief Physician Executive for Dignity Health Greater Sacramento Market. He also worked in service line management/development while at Catholic Health Initiatives Franciscan Health. As a former Commander in the U.S. Navy, he was also honored to serve in a number of leadership roles on the hospital ship USNS Mercy.


Gena Bravo

Chief Operations Officer and Chief Nurse Executive at Woodland Memorial Hospital will serve as Interim President and CEO. Prior to her current roles, Gena served as a longtime nursing leader at Mercy General Hospital. She was responsible for the facility’s financial and operational areas of nursing care, quality management, regulatory affairs, and patient experience.


With strong leadership in new and existing roles, Dignity Health will continue to focus on delivering on its mission to provide high-quality care for all and further expanding its footprint in the Sacramento region. 

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health is a multi-state nonprofit network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care-centers, including community hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. Dignity Health is a part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit health system committed to advancing health for all people and dedicated to serving the common good. For more information, please visit our website at

Publish date: 

Friday, November 05, 2021

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