Richard J. Gannotta, DHA

Steve Zylius / UCI

Richard J. Gannotta, DHA, will be stepping down as CEO of the University of California, Irvine Health System to pursue new opportunities.

A seasoned healthcare executive, Gannotta oversees Orange County’s only academic medical center and all clinical and patient-serving operations. He will remain in his role until Sept. 30, and a national search will be conducted for his replacement.

“Rick has made valuable contributions to the UCI Health System from the moment he arrived two and a half years ago,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “While I will miss our partnership and frequent interactions, I know he is pursuing an opportunity too good to pass up. I am extremely happy for him and wish him every success in his next chapter.”

Gannotta will be joining Irvine-based Masimo as its chief healthcare administrative officer. Masimo is a global medical technology company that develops and produces a wide array of industry-leading monitoring technologies, including innovative measurements, sensors, patient monitors and automation solutions.

UCI Medical Center has been listed among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report for 19 consecutive years, and it was named one of California’s 10 best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report rankings this month.

“We want to thank Rick for helping establish UCI Health as one of the premier healthcare systems in Southern California,” said Steven Goldstein, MD, PhD, vice chancellor for health affairs. “Under his tenure, the health system’s patient services, quality and safety metrics, and financial results have improved. We will miss his warm and on-the-move leadership style, with his frequent participation in hospital rounds, staff engagement events and impromptu volleyball games.”

UCI Health expects to name an interim CEO before Gannotta’s departure.

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