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Mills-Peninsula Names New CEO

Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Janet Wagner to Succeed Retiring Bob Merwin

Janet Wagner, chief executive officer of Sutter Davis Hospital, has been named the next CEO for Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She will be only the fourth CEO at Mills-Peninsula in its 60-year history. Wagner succeeds current Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin who has led the organization for 27 years. Wagner begins her new role on September 29 and will work closely with Merwin to ensure a smooth transition upon his retirement in January 2015.

Jane Wagner will be the new CEO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame.

Jane Wagner will be the new CEO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame.

“I am very proud that we are able to tap talent like Janet Wagner’s from within the Sutter Health family to grow and take on new leadership roles. This is especially important as we continue on the path to become a truly integrated health care organization, linking and strengthening local, regional and system-wide strategies and services to keep our patients at the center of everything we do,” said Jeff Gerard, Sutter Health regional president.

Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin added, “Janet Wagner will do a fabulous job and brings great leadership skills needed to further enhance Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the community.”

With more than 24 years of experience at Sutter Health, Wagner brings a proven track record of excellence to her new role at Mills-Peninsula. In 1998, she was named CEO at Sutter Davis. Under her leadership, Sutter Davis earned the 2013 National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, as well as the Studer Group Fire Starter Award, Top 100 Hospital; Sutter Health President’s Award for best overall performance; Modern Healthcare Top 100 Places to Work; HealthGrades Top 5 percent for outstanding patient experience; Becker’s Top 100 for patient engagement; and Voluntary Hospitals of America Top 100 Hospitals.

Prior to Sutter Davis, Wagner was chief nursing executive at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Her health care experience also includes front-line and management nursing roles in the emergency department and as a family nurse practitioner.

Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in burn and trauma nursing, and she completed the Executive MBA program at Duke University.

About Mills-Peninsula Health Services

Founded in 1908, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, part of the Sutter Health network of care, is a not-for-profit health care organization with deep roots in San Mateo County. Mills-Peninsula provides compassionate care to patients at inpatient and outpatient facilities in Burlingame, South San Francisco and San Mateo. Mills-Peninsula serves as the major receiving hospital for most emergencies on the Peninsula; the award-winning Emergency Department team can treat more than 50,000 patients each year. Mills-Peninsula’s Family Birth Center consistently ranks in the top percentile in the country for patient satisfaction. Mills-Peninsula Health Services is part of Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region, which also includes the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center and Menlo Park Surgical Hospital. For more information, visit our website, follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook and visit our blog.

Media Contact:

Monique Binkley Smith
BinkleMT@sutterhealth.org
(650) 387-7216