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California Hospital Welcomes New Chief Nurse Executive Officer


Gertrude “Trudy” Johnson has been named chief nurse executive officer of Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC). She will serve as the primary liaison with the clinical staff, and implement strategies and tactics that improve the quality of care at the hospital.

Johnson comes to Dignity Health with extensive hospital experience and knowledge in patient care, process redesign and performance improvement, financial management, operations improvement, and regulatory and accreditation compliance. Prior to arriving at CHMC, Johnson served as chief nurse executive of Sutter-Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, California, where her accomplishments included improving nursing outcomes by reducing fall rates, overtime and vacancy rates, as well as having completed a California Department of Public Health general licensing survey.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Trudy Johnson as Chief Nurse Executive Officer for California Hospital Medical Center”, says Dr. Margaret R. Peterson, CHMC President. “We look forward to the benefits of her knowledge and experience in achieving our goals and supporting Dignity Health’s mission, vision, and values.”

Johnson also served as chief nursing officer and interim CEO for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center/SCV Health and Hospital System in San Jose, California, from 2008-2017. She has a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration and certification from the American Nurses Association as an Advanced Nurse Executive.

About Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center

Founded in 1887, Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center is a 318-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital located in downtown Los Angeles. The hospital offers a full complement of services including a Level II trauma center, the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health, obstetrics and pediatric services, and comprehensive cardiac and surgical services. The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems.

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