February 23, 2024
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Community Memorial Health adds CEO, Chief of Staff


Mick Zdeblick officially stepped into his new role as the CEO of Community Memorial Health on Jan. 9, replacing Gary Wilde, who retired after helming the position since 2004.

Community Memorial Health, which offers a network of services throughout Ventura County, welcomes Zdeblick from Medford, Oregon, where he served as the CEO of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

In addition to overseeing the hospital’s performance and protecting the system’s profitability amidst COVID-19 financial challenges, Zdeblick led Asante’s $500 million facility renovation and expansion master plan, the press release read.

He has also held executive positions at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California and at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

“I look forward to building on Community Memorial’s reputation for advancing both the quality and delivery of healthcare in Ventura County,” Zdeblick said in a press release. 

“My first few months will involve a lot of listening, learning, and cultivating relationships internally and externally. Then we’ll create a strategic plan that addresses the needs of our organization and our community.”

A few days earlier, on Jan. 5, CMH also welcomed a new chief of staff, Chris Johnson.

Johnson stepped into the role on Jan. 1, after previously having served as the medical director of the emergency department at CMH since 2009. He replaces Deborah Carlson who served since Jan. 1, 2021.

One of his first priorities will be to help ensure that the relationship between the medical staff and health system administration remains strong through the addition of its new CEO. 

“This is a very exciting time for our health system because Mick Zdeblick comes highly regarded,” Johnson said in a press release.

“He brings a unique skill set which we feel will complement our already strong administration.”

Johnson will also help implement a new electronic medical record across Community Memorial’s network of hospitals and health centers over the next few years. 

This will help physicians and patients will have greater access to health records. 

“A comprehensive EMR will help physicians provide care more seamlessly,” Johnson said. “Health records will be accessible to physicians across the state, and patients will be able to view their information on a secure portal.”

Johnson first joined CMH in 2001 after having worked as an emergency room physician at several other hospitals, including Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.