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Providence Southern California Region CEO Promoted

Michael Madden becomes Vice President of Advocacy and Development.

Michael Madden, Chief Executive Officer for Providence Health System Southern California Region, has been promoted to Vice President, Advocacy and Development, for the entire health care system that includes 28 hospitals and 35 non-acute facilities in six Western states.

Arnold R. Schaffer, who has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Southern California Region, will succeed Madden as the region's new CEO. Both promotions take effect on Oct. 1. "Michael will bring his vast experience in national and state policy relationships, church relationships and philanthropic strategy to our system level," said Greg Van Pelt, Executive Vice President, Providence Health System.  "This move is in response to our greater focus on health care policy, the larger role that philanthropy is playing in our system and the important liaison relationships that Michael has built over the years in Catholic health care, the California Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association."

Schaffer, who joined Providence Health System as Chief Executive of its San Fernando Valley Service Area in 2002, was promoted last year to Chief Operating Officer for the Southern California Region. As the new CEO, he will oversee all responsibilities for the Southern California Region, which operates four acute care hospitals (the 448-bed Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, 254-bed Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, 273-bed Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance and 158-bed Little Company of Mary San Pedro Hospital in San Pedro), several skilled nursing and ambulatory facilities, and employs more than 6,700 health care workers.


Madden's promotion comes nine months after the affiliation of Seattle-based Providence Health System and Spokane-based Providence Services into an integrated not-for-profit Catholic health care system. Headquartered in Seattle, the not-for-profit health care system extends its Catholic faith-based mission of caring and commitment across a six-state area — California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana – and employees 45,000 people.  In Southern California, the health ministry is co-sponsored by the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of Little Company of Mary.

While Madden's new responsibilities will oversee advocacy and development for the entire system, he will continue to provide local leadership to the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation in Burbank, the Providence Holy Cross Foundation in Mission Hills and Providence High School in Burbank.  Madden's office will be based in Burbank.

Madden, who joined Providence 13 years ago, has been actively involved in health care issues at the local, state and federal levels.  He has served on the respective boards of the Catholic Health Association, the Regional Policy board for the American Hospital Association, the California Hospital Association (CHA) and the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC).  Madden served in 2003 as chair of the Board of Trustees for CHA – one of the largest health care trade associations in the nation. He was also chairman of the board for the Alliance of Catholic Health Care and for HASC.

Schaffer, who served in the past as chief executive officer for Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center and Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, has also been actively involved in CHA and HASC and served as the Chairman of HASC's Board of Directors in 2005.

Providence Southern California Region CEO Promoted

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