Gustavo Valdespino, President & Chief Executive Officer
Gustavo Valdespino was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer
in September 2009. Mr. Valdespino is a seasoned leader with more than
25 years of hospital management experience. Prior to joining Valley Presbyterian
Hospital, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Tenet Health
Corporation's Southern California region. He also served as President
and Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent Medical Center and as CEO of
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County.
Mr. Valdespino has received the "Up and Comer" award from Modern
Health Magazine, the National Medical Enterprises "Circle of Excellence"
award, the Tenet Healthcare Corporation "Circle of Excellence"
award, and the "Leading Hispanic Executive" award from Hispanic
Mr. Valdespino holds a bachelor's degree from the State University
of New York at Stony Brook, a master's degree in public health from
the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed the Advanced
Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Jean Rico, Senior Vice President of Quality
Jean Rico was appointed Senior Vice President of Quality in February 2010.
Ms. Rico brings more than 30 years of health care experience in quality
improvement to Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Previously, Ms. Rico served
as Vice President of Quality for St. Vincent Medical Center and as the
Regional Quality Director for Tenet Healthcare, where she supervised quality
and case management for 19 hospitals across California, Nevada, and Nebraska.
As Senior Vice President of Quality, Ms. Rico leads Valley Presbyterian
Hospital's efforts for continuous quality improvement. She is responsible
for risk management, regulatory and accreditation requirements, quality
improvement, case management, social services, patient satisfaction and
Lori Cardle, Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations and Chief
Lori Cardle was appointed Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations
and Chief Financial Officer in November 2014. She joined Valley Presbyterian
Hospital in April 2011 as Assistant Chief Financial Officer, was promoted
to Vice President of Finance in November 2011, and advanced to Senior
Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer in 2012. Previously,
Ms. Cardle worked at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, where she served
as Vice President of Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management and
as Treasurer. She also has served as Chief Financial Officer at St. Vincent
Medical Center and Brotman Medical Center.
As Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations and Chief Financial
Officer, Ms. Cardle oversees Valley Presbyterian Hospital's financial
management, directs information technology needs and is responsible for
Ms. Cardle was awarded the "Women Who Mean Business" leadership
team award in 2007 by the
San Diego Business Journal.
Ms. Cardle holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from California
State University, Fullerton, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Gayathri S. Jith, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Ambulatory Services
Gayathri S. Jith was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategy &
Ambulatory Services in November 2014. She joined Valley Presbyterian Hospital
in March 2010 as the Vice President of Operations and was promoted to
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations in November 2012. Previously,
Ms. Jith served as the Administrative Director for Anesthesiology, Critical
Care Medicine, and Imaging Services for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Ms. Jith also served as Director of Patient Access and Revenue Cycle,
Business Development, and Physician Services for St. Vincent Medical Center.
As Senior Vice President of Strategy & Ambulatory Services, Ms. Jith
guides Valley Presbyterian Hospital's health care reform efforts and
oversees the hospital's strategic direction.
Ms. Jith received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California,
San Diego, and a Master of Public Health degree in healthcare management
from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a Fellow of
the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Lori Burnell, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
Lori Burnell was appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
in March 2014. Ms. Burnell most recently served as Vice President &
Chief Nurse and Operations Executive at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San
Diego. She has held several clinical leadership positions at Scripps Mercy
Hospital, Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., and Mission Hospital in
As Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, she leads an expert
team of more than 700 nurses and staff to expand Valley Presbyterian Hospital's
patient care and professional development capacity. She also oversees
all rehabilitation services.
Ms. Burnell received a doctorate of philosophy in nursing from the University
of San Diego, a Master of Science degree in nursing from California State
University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from
California State University, Fullerton.
Pegi Matsuda, Senior Vice President, Community & Market Development
Pegi Matsuda was appointed Senior Vice President of Community & Market
Development in June 2012. Previously, Ms. Matsuda served as Publisher
and President of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal for 13 years.
She has also spent 20 years working in Southern California corporations
including GTE Telephone Operations and Sempra Energy.
As Senior Vice President of Community & Market Development, Ms. Matsuda
is responsible for community programming and outreach, marketing, advertising,
employee volunteer programs, development, media relations and internal
Ms. Matsuda has received numerous awards, including recognition from the
San Fernando Valley Bar Association, VICA, Haven Hills, and MEND. She
was also honored in 2008 by the state of California as "Woman of
the Year" by the 42nd Assembly District.
Ms. Matsuda received a Bachelor of Science degree in human relations and
organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and a Master
of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University.
Jeff Allport, Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Jeffrey Allport was appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer
in September 2013. Previously, Mr. Allport worked as an independent information
technology consultant through JLA Insights, the health care information
technology company he owns and operates. He also has served as Vice President
of IT Solutions Delivery at St. Joseph Health Systems in Orange County,
Senior Manager of E-Health Initiatives at Healthcare Industry Group of
Perot Systems, and Chief Information Officer of St. John Medical Center
in Jackson, Wyoming.
As Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Mr. Allport is responsible
for developing, coordinating and facilitating strategic information services
projects, as well as improving and maintaining the operation of the hospital's
Mr. Allport received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological
Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science from Stanford
Jonathan Wu, Vice President of Human Resources
Jonathan Wu was appointed Vice President of Human Resources in April 2013.
Previously, he served as the Director of Human Resources at City of Hope
in Duarte, Calif. Mr. Wu also held several roles at Methodist Hospital
of Southern California in Arcadia, including Director of Human Resources
and Occupational Health.
As Vice President of Human Resources, Mr. Wu is responsible for all functions
of Human Resources at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, including learning
and development, talent management, compensation, benefits, succession
planning, talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, process improvement
and organizational development.
Mr. Wu received a Bachelor of Science degree in management and human resources
and an MBA from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.