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Member Spotlight: Pablo Velez, RN, PhD, Named CEO of El Centro Regional Medical Center

In coordination with the El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) Board of Trustees, UC San Diego Health announced that Pablo Velez, RN, PhD, has been appointed by UC San Diego Health as ECRMC’s CEO effective April 17. Velez will report to UC San Diego Health CEO Patty Maysent and oversee the day-to-day operational, clinical, and financial management of ECRMC. He will lead UC San Diego Health’s overall efforts to support the strategic and operational plan that was announced on Feb. 27 to stabilize and financially bolster ECRMC, as well as the greater network of Imperial County hospitals.

Velez will work with and leverage UC San Diego Health’s expertise and capabilities to bolster ECRMC’s oncology and cardiology services, expand access to lifesaving clinical trials and bring reliable radiology and imaging services to Imperial Valley.   

Most recently, Velez served as CEO and senior vice president at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, a 449-bed hospital with the largest array of health care services in San Diego’s South Bay. He brings more than four decades of health care experience to ECRMC, including over 25 years of experience in clinical care, health care administration, and patient care in border communities.  

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