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Margaret R. Peterson, Ph.D., R.N., Named President of California Hospital Medical Center
[March 26, 2014]

Margaret R. Peterson, Ph.D., R.N., Named President of California Hospital Medical Center

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--

Margaret R. Peterson, Ph.D., R.N., has been named President of Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center. Effective March 24, 2014, Peterson will lead the 318-bed acute care hospital located at 1401 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

"We are extremely fortunate to have an executive of her caliber assume leadership of the medical center at such a key time," said Steve Barron, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health - Southern California East. "Margaret's vast experience and expertise will help guide California Hospital as it continues to address the challenges of the current healthcare environment."

Peterson began her career as a registered nurse. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a Doctor of Philosophy in Administration from Miami University in Ohio. She has served in executive leadership roles over the past several years. Most recently, she was chief executive officer (CEO) at Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group in Victorville, California, where she led expansion eforts that included the opening of a comprehensive heart center. Prior to that, Peterson was CEO of Victor Valley Community Hospital and Simi Valley Hospital and Health Care Services in Simi Valley, California. She has also held executive leadership positions at hospitals in the states of Louisiana and Maryland.

A results-oriented leader, Peterson understands the important role that a safety-net hospital plays in the well-being of the community it serves. She is mission-driven and has hands-on community relations experience. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated her commitment to excellence in patient care through strategic partnerships with the American Heart Association and other notable organizations.

"It is an exciting time for downtown Los Angeles," said new President Peterson. "California Hospital Medical Center has a wonderful opportunity to be the hospital of choice for the influx of new residents and professionals moving into this area. I look forward to introducing them to our hospital's outstanding services, while we continue to care for the families who have relied on us for generations. I will work closely with our hospital team and community partners to ensure CHMC's continued growth as our neighborhood blossoms."

About Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center

Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) is located in the heart of Los Angeles, California. The 318-bed acute care hospital has been providing high quality, indispensible care for more than 126 years. A vital community resource, CHMC is known for its wide range of specialty care, from Orthopedics and Surgical Services to Women's Health and Maternal Child Care. It is also the only Level II Trauma Center in downtown Los Angeles, one of the country's most vibrant and growing cities. For more information, please visit

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