Lakewood Regional Medical Center Appoints John Grah as CEO

Sep 5, 2019
Lakewood, Calif. Jan. 18, 2016 – Lakewood Regional Medical Center has appointed John Grah as its new chief executive officer, effective Jan. 18. He joins the Lakewood administration team with extensive hospital operations and leadership experience, having most recently served as CEO of Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, MO, where he was responsible for the strategic, operational and clinical activities of the 143-bed hospital.
“John is an accomplished healthcare executive and strong leader with nearly 30 years of experience in hospital administration, strategic planning, financial management and business development,” said Jeffrey Koury, CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Western Region. “His successful track record and understanding of hospital operations makes him well-equipped to help ensure the future of Lakewood Regional Medical Center and strengthen the foundation of excellence already in place at the hospital.”
During his tenure at Des Peres, Grah grew the hospital’s affiliated physician base by more than 200 percent, established a multidisciplinary accredited Center of Excellence Bariatric program and led Des Peres to be one of only two hospitals in the region to receive consistent A’s on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score.
Previously, Grah was chief operating officer of Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, TX. He has also served as corporate vice president of Scripps Health and CEO of Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif. Additionally, he has been CEO at several hospitals within Appalachian Regional Healthcare, based in Lexington, KY.
Grah earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. He also holds an executive juris doctorate degree from Concord Law School.

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