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Dignity Health President Mercy Hospital of Bakersfield in Bakersfield, California


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents.

Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


The Hospital President ensures the execution of the hospital strategy, management, financial performance and oversight of all operational components of the hospital in accordance and in alignment with the Dignity Health strategy. Plans and implements new business strategies and manages relationships with physicians and external partners considering Healthcare Industry trends in a rapidly changing and highly regulated market.

Directs and oversees a portfolio of healthcare assets and demonstrates a solid understanding of different service lines and delivery models within market. Plans and implements new businesses using different business models and strategic relationships with external partners and physicians. Understands attributes that create successful organizations i.e. legal, structural, economic, and employment models.

Develops and executes strategy for each line of business/service within market area from the perspective of what makes it a viable enterprise and recognizes those elements that require modification and/or expertise to existing local processes and structure to ensure success.

Facilitates and reinforces through business processes and performance measures an institutional mindset for clinical innovation as an on-going process to look at clinical practices in order to reduce unnecessary variations to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs.

Develops key service lines, leveraging clinical program tools and service line support/data, implementing outpatient strategy, and identifying market scale opportunities (e.g., recruiting, education) across assigned service areas.

  • Driving for Results - setting high goals for personal and group accomplishment; using measurement methods to monitor progress toward goals; tenaciously working to meet or exceed goals while deriving satisfaction from the achievement, creativity and continuous improvement. Goes the extra mile.

  • Building Trust - interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization.

  • Cultivating Networks - initiating and maintaining strategic relationships with stakeholders inside and outside the organization (e.g., customers, patients, peers, cross-functional partners, external vendors, and alliance partners) to advance business goals.

  • Leading Through Mission, Vision & Values - keeping the organization’s mission, vision and values at the forefront of associate decision making and action.

  • Facilitating Change - encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.

  • Knowledge of Organization - knowledge of the organization's vision, structure, culture, philosophy, operating principles, values, and code of ethics; ability to apply this understanding appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Planning: Tactical, Strategic - knowledge of effective planning techniques and ability to contribute to operational (short term), tactical (1-2 years) and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the overall business plan.

  • Healthcare Industry - knowledge of healthcare industry's trends, directions, major issues, regulatory considerations and trendsetters; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Business Markets - knowledge of existing and planned markets and market-related initiatives from the perspectives of the competition, the suppliers, the customer base and the regulatory environment; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Healthcare Service Models - knowledge of philosophies, approaches, processes and practices for delivering healthcare services; ability to implement, design, assess and improve healthcare service models and ensure they align with organizational goals.

  • Budget Management - knowledge of the principles and methodology of budget management and ability to utilize the tools, techniques and procedures needed to establish and monitor budgets.

  • Influencing - knowledge of effective influencing tactics and strategies; ability to impact decisions within and outside own organization.

  • Community Health Needs Assessment - knowledge of and ability to apply the methods, processes and tools to conduct health needs assessment and identify the health priorities in a certain community.




  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a related field.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of direct management experience.

  • Progressively senior-executive healthcare experience within a complex, multi-site, multi-area health care organization including acute-care hospital operations is required.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Master’s degree in healthcare administration or business, management or a combination of education (or an equivalent combination of education and/or additional job-related experience) is preferred.

Pay Range

$195.72 - $274.00 /hour

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.