(Lynwood, CA – November 20, 2022) – Clay Farell, FACHE, has been named CEO of St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare (Ontario, Calif.). Farell joins St. Francis Medical Center and Prime Healthcare with 14 years of healthcare experience. Most recently, Farell served as Chief Executive Officer at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, a 400-bed acute care hospital in Fountain Valley, California. In 2018, Farell joined Fountain Valley Regional Hospital as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Farell served as Chief Operating Officer at Los Alamitos Medical Center in Los Alamitos, California, and Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.
“St. Francis Medical Center is a top-tier healthcare institution committed to excellence and health equity for residents of Southeast Los Angeles,” said Farell. “As a member of Prime Healthcare, we have a wide network of resources to help us elevate and expand services for our community. I am excited to join this high-performing organization that is dedicated to high-quality, compassionate healthcare.
”Established in 1945, St. Francis Medical Center has a 77-year legacy of providing vulnerable populations with access to advanced healthcare and services. Since acquiring St. Francis in August 2020, Prime Healthcare has furthered the hospital’s mission, investing more than $12.8 million into the hospital for capital improvements, equipment upgrades, state-of-the-art technology, and enhanced services. As a result, St. Francis patients, providers, and staff benefit from a best-in-class Epic electronic medical records system; expanded cardiology, radiation oncology and neuro interventional capabilities; new laboratory equipment; enhanced health services; facility upgrades; community wellness programs such as COVID-19 and flu clinics; collaborative partnerships with elected officials, local leaders, and county agencies; and more.
Farell earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served in the United States Air Force as an Acquisitions Officer for the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, California. Farell is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
About St. Francis Medical Center
St. Francis Medical Center is one of the leading comprehensive healthcare institutions serving Southeast Los Angeles. A member of Prime Healthcare, St. Francis is dedicated to providing vital healthcare services for the more than one million residents who count on the hospital for high-quality, compassionate medical care. St. Francis is recognized for its full range of diagnostic and treatment services in specialties including Cardiovascular, Surgical, Orthopedics, Maternal-Child Health, and Trauma, and is a source of a broad array of outreach programs for the community. St. Francis Medical Center is an Approved Primary Stroke Care Center and STEMI Receiving Center for Los Angeles County a verified Level II Trauma Center, and a designated Baby-Friendly healthcare facility by Baby-Friendly USA.