SALINAS — Dr. Charles Harris, Natividad Medical Center’s chief medical officer, has been named interim chief executive and will be replacing longtime CEO Dr. Gary Gray, who will be retiring June 5.
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors and Natividad Medical Center Board of Trustees announced Harris’s appointment to the temporary position Friday.
“Chad Harris is the ideal person to step in and lead Natividad as interim CEO,” said Monterey County Supervisor Wendy Root Askew in a Friday news release. “He has spent the last 10 years working in all areas of the hospital, giving him a deep understanding of not only hospital operations, but its culture of inspiring healthy lives and service to the community.”
Harris joined the 172-bed hospital, the only trauma center in Monterey County, in 2011. Harris began his career as a family medicine staff physician before moving through the ranks to the chief medical officer, a position responsible for a host of key hospital practices, including infection prevention, clinical information technology and patient experience.
“During his decade at Natividad, he has earned the trust and respect of the Board of Trustees and his colleagues,” said Natividad Board chairwoman Marcia Atkinson. “His background as a physician and administrator make him a fantastic and qualified person to step into this leadership position.”
Heading up a trauma hospital fits right into Harris’s background in emergency medicine, as well as public health. Before arriving at Natividad, Harris was an ER physician in the Chicago area before filling the same role at Contra Costa Medical Center in Martinez, another county safety-net hospital.
Natividad serves many of the most impoverished communities in the county, including farmworkers who lack health insurance.
“Natividad is a special place,” Harris said, “and I strongly believe in our commitment to providing mission-driven health care and our passion for excellence. I look forward to leading with the Natividad family as interim CEO.”
Harris was graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in history before attending medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, located within the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Harris will oversee a staff of 400.
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