John Muir Health Names Calvin “Cal” Knight President and CEO

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- John Muir Health announced today that its board of directors has selected Calvin “Cal” Knight as president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 4, 2011. Mr. Knight is currently president and chief operating officer (COO) for Swedish Health Services in Seattle, Washington. He succeeds Ken Anderson who will retire from John Muir Health as president and CEO on March 31, 2011, after more than 36 years serving the organization.

“After conducting a nationwide search, Cal Knight distinguished himself with his experience, passion for patient safety and quality care, communications skills and leadership abilities,” said Catherine Kutsuris, chair, John Muir Health board of directors. “We are a locally-governed organization that provides an outstanding level of care and range of services for our community. Cal is the right person to lead John Muir Health into the future as we continue to grow and navigate a changing health care environment.”

In his current role, Mr. Knight is accountable for all Swedish Health Services operations, including its five medical campuses (including two tertiary medical centers) and multiple ambulatory care sites. He has also been a key leader and strategist in building a multi-specialty physician organization and in the development of highly-regarded Orthopedics, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Women & Infants, and Pediatrics service lines. Swedish Health Services, which has 1,492 hospital beds and net revenues of $1.8 billion, is one of the leading health care systems in the Pacific Northwest and has been widely recognized for its quality, innovation and service.

Mr. Knight joined Swedish in 1995 as chief operating officer. He was named executive vice president and COO in May 2007 and became president and COO in April 2008.

“I am excited to join such a prestigious health care system at a time of significant change and opportunity,” said Knight. “John Muir Health is well-known for its high-quality patient care, exceptional service and dedication to patient safety. I look forward to working with the board, physicians and staff to maintain that high level of care, help meet the current and future health care needs of the community and provide the best possible patient experience.”

Mr. Knight holds master's degrees in health administration and business administration from the University of Iowa, as well as a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University.

John Muir Health is nearing completion of more than $800 million in additions to its Walnut Creek and Concord medical centers. The Hofmann Family Patient Care Tower at John Muir Medical Center, Concord opened on November 16, 2010. The Tom & Billie Long Patient Care Tower at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, will open in April 2011. Both projects are opening nearly two years ahead of the state’s January 1, 2013 deadline for seismic compliance.

About John Muir Health

John Muir Health is a leading, not-for-profit health care system that serves patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of nearly 800 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 6,000 employees, two of the largest medical centers in Contra Costa County and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also provides a number of primary care and outpatient services throughout the community, including Urgent Care Centers in Brentwood, Concord, San Ramon and Walnut Creek. The health system is recognized as a preeminent provider of neuroscience, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, emergency and high-risk obstetrics care. For more information, visit


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