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CommonSpirit Health Southern California Division Announces Appointment of Ron Yolo as Division Chief Nursing Officer


October 21, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA ― CommonSpirit Health’s newly expanded Southern California Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Yolo, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of the newly formed Southern California Division. In his new role as CNO, Ron will support the division’s 18 Dignity Health hospitals in reaching their overarching goals related to safety, quality, population health, patient experience, and employee engagement, while helping reinforce to communities that their health and well-being is our highest priority. 

"Ron Yolo has committed his career to nursing excellence and will be a tremendous asset to the Southern California Division team," shares Julie Sprengel, President and CEO, CommonSpirit Health's Southern California Division. "His strong approach to nursing leadership and his dedication to improving quality, safety and experience for every patient will further ensure all of our clinical care teams are supported."

Ron began his career as a nursing assistant at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach in 1999. During his 22 year tenure, Ron proved himself as an effective leader and excelled through various leadership positions within the Dignity Health organization. In 2018, Ron became the CNO at Dignity Health - Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, during which time he was instrumental in developing and managing systems to deliver evidenced-based care. He has championed multiple projects including chairing the development of CommonSpirit Health’s National Nursing Vision and coordination of large-scale community COVID-19 vaccination efforts. 

“I look forward to partnering with all stakeholders to address key issues surrounding the delivery of safe and compassionate patient care”, states Ron Yolo, CNO. “Now more than ever, nursing's input and perspective on initiatives that drive quality care require considerable collaboration and thoughtfulness, prior to execution."

Ron holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Yale University, and previously earned his MBA from University of Southern California, and his MSN from University of California Los Angeles. Ron is also an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Nursing DNP program. 


About Dignity Health Southern California Division

Dignity Health’s Southern California Division includes eighteen acute-care nonprofit hospitals across Central California, Central Coast, and Southern California. Dignity Health is part of CommonSpirit Health and the largest hospital provider in California, delivering health care services to diverse communities, allowing 1 in 4 U.S. residents to access care through our network of health care providers. This network of hospitals is supported by medical groups throughout the region, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services—all with one common goal: to provide compassionate, high-quality health care in a safe and healing environment.

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

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