Joseph DeSchryver has been named the new chief executive for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
The appointment announced Friday is a promotion for DeSchryver, 43, who has been chief operating officer since 2005 at Sierra Vista, a Tenet Healthcare-owned hospital. As the new CEO, he replaces Candace Markwith, who is retiring after eight years as the top administrator for San Luis Obispo County’s largest hospital.
DeSchryver will oversee a 164-bed hospital with 800 employees and reported gross annual revenues in 2012 of about $668 million.
DeSchryver was not available for an interview on Friday but said in a written statement, “I am excited for the opportunity to lead Sierra Vista during this time of considerable change in the healthcare industry. The hospital has great plans to grow and enhance the healthcare services currently provided at the hospital."
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DeSchryver said that in collaboration with the medical staff and employees, he looked forward to providing “the safest and highest quality of care for our patients in an extremely patient-focused manner.”
Markwith said she had full confidence in handing off hospital responsibilities to DeSchryver. The two of them arrived at Sierra Vista within months of each other in 2005 and Markwith said DeSchryver’s attention to detail and involvement in all aspects of the hospital have been an asset.
“I think he is the right choice and I’m very pleased,” Markwith said. “Joe has been at the hospital for over eight years and is well versed and well experienced to move to the next level ... He knows Sierra Vista from the front door to the back door.”
Markwith said DeSchryver has worked closely with the administrative team, medical staff and physicians over the years and took a lead role in $40 million worth of construction and equipment upgrades at the hospital on Murray Avenue in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Construction projects included building a medical office building, parking garage and the county’s first hospital helipad; equipment upgrades included purchasing a $2 million robotic da Vinci System, opening a $3 million catheterization lab with diagnostic imaging equipment to view the arteries and interior of the heart.
As manager of daily operations, DeSchryver also was integral in Sierra Vista’s designation in 2012 as the county’s trauma center and the expansion of the hospital’s 22-bed neonatal intensive care unit, Markwith said.
As for the future, “that will be Joe’s vision and direction for Sierra Vista,” she said.
DeSchryver takes the helm of Sierra Vista at a time when hospitals nationwide are facing substantial changes in federal oversight and Medicare reimbursements under the new healthcare laws.
DeSchryver has spent much of his career with the for-profit Tenet system, which owns 77 hospitals and 177 outpatient centers nationwide. In San Luis Obispo County, Tenet owns Sierra Vista and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.
Before coming to Sierra Vista, DeSchryver was chief operating officer at Tenet-owned West Boca Medical Center in Boca Raton, Florida for five years. In that role, he oversaw operations of the 185-bed hospital and a freestanding diagnostic center. Before that, he worked for Tenet South Florida HealthSystems in Ft. Lauderdale, assisting on projects related to 12 hospitals in that region.
DeSchryver earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration with a concentration on health policy from the University of Southern California, a master of health services administration and a master of business administration from Arizona State University.
DeSchryver lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife, Laurie, and their two children.