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San Ramon hospital quietly changes CEO for second time as acquisition decision looms

FTC review expected to end soon, per John Muir Health
San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

San Ramon Regional Medical Center has a new interim CEO for the second time in less than a year, all while federal regulators continue to review the proposal for John Muir Health to fully acquire the local hospital from its current majority owner.

Chief financial officer Beenu Chadha was promoted to interim CEO earlier this summer, although no formal announcement was made publicly spotlighting the leadership change. The news was confirmed to DanvilleSanRamon this week by Krista Deans, spokesperson for Tenet Healthcare's Northern California Group, which owns a majority interest in the San Ramon hospital.

Chadha took the reins in June upon the retirement of Warren Kirk, Tenet NorCal's CEO who took on the role of interim CEO at San Ramon Regional when former CEO Ann Lucena resigned last October -- another executive transition that was not publicized at the time.

"We typically don't distribute press releases for interim roles," Deans told DanvilleSanRamon on Monday.

Lucena, who was hired in April 2018 and led the hospital through the COVID-19 pandemic, stepped down as CEO last fall in order to spend more time with her family, according to Deans.

The latest CEO change comes while the Federal Trade Commission continues its review of the proposal from John Muir Health, which owns 49% interest in San Ramon Regional, to acquire the remaining 51% from Tenet for $142.5 million and become sole owner.

The deal, which requires regulatory approval, was first announced this January. "We expect a decision in the next six to eight weeks," John Muir Health spokesperson Ben Drew told DanvilleSanRamon on Tuesday.


About the Author: Jeremy Walsh

Jeremy, a Benicia native and American University alum, joined Embarcadero Media in November 2013. After serving as associate editor for the Pleasanton Weekly and, he was promoted to editor of the East Bay Division in February 2017.
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