Scott Evans Appointed CEO of Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital
July 2, 2012
With administrative experience that includes leadership as director of Pharmacy and chief operating officer at Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, Evans has been at the forefront of numerous milestone achievements, including USC’s historic purchase of both hospitals from Tenet Healthcare Corp., major improvements to hospital operations, and the development of measures aimed at significantly enhancing patient care.
“We are confident that Scott’s experience, foresight, commitment and vision will build our hospitals’ reputation as leading, innovative and patient-driven facilities,” said Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and chief executive officer of USC Health. “At this transformative time for the Keck Medical Center of USC, Scott will play an integral role in propelling our academic medical center to the forefront of care from Southern California to around the world.”
Evans, who has served as interim CEO of the hospitals since January 2012, recently oversaw the opening of Keck Medical Center of USC Pasadena, a state-of-the-art medical office that is home to more than 50 Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty physicians. His experience also includes serving as executive administrator for medicine and operations at Keck Hospital, focusing on the growth and development of hospital clinical operations.
“I’m proud to play a role in building our reputation as one of the most innovative and dynamic medical centers in the United States,” said Evans. “From the exceptional faculty physicians to our caring and compassionate nurses and staff, we all share a commitment to excellence. We do life-changing work here, we never settle for less than the best, and my goal is to further strengthen our foundation for greatness.”
During his tenure at USC, Evans has developed an impressive record reflecting his commitment to enriching Keck Medical Center of USC’s reputation for world-class medical care. He spearheaded efforts to significantly improve efficiency and quality care in perioperative services, and created an Evaluation and Treatment Clinic, which provides patients with 24-hour access to Keck Hospital of USC. He has overseen critical initiatives to reduce medication errors and supported productive labor negotiations while fostering unity and teamwork throughout all levels of the organization.
“On behalf of all of our faculty physicians, I welcome Scott’s leadership and expertise,” said Don Larsen, chief medical officer of Keck Medical Center of USC. “He understands the critical role of our physician leaders and has established a reputation as a problem solver. I’m confident that our hospitals will thrive under his watch.”
As CEO, Evans serves on the executive leadership team of the Keck Medical Center of USC. Evans also holds an appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Medical Center Programs in the USC School of Pharmacy, underscoring his enthusiasm for education, teaching and mentorship.
“Many great hospitals work closely with a great medical school,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, dean, Keck School of Medicine. “I look forward to collaborating with Scott to highlight the important work of our clinical enterprise and educate tomorrow’s leaders in medicine.”
In 2004 Evans joined USC University Hospital (now Keck Hospital of USC) as the Director of Pharmacy Services and Residency Program Director for USC School of Pharmacy – Acute Care Residencies. As an adjunct member of USC’s faculty, he developed several key pharmacist positions including specialists in Psychiatry, Infectious Disease, and Ambulatory Care Transplantation. Under his direction, the hospital was recognized by the National Patient Safety Congress for a pioneering patient safety project related to tele-pharmacy services in California.
“Scott’s tireless attention to patient safety is one of the reasons that our reputation commands increasing respect in the community,” said Vaughn Starnes, chief of surgery, Keck Medical Center of USC. “The welfare of our patients is his greatest concern, proven by the many initiatives he has championed on their behalf.”
Evans has a wide range of administrative experience that includes responsibilities in the areas of Radiology, Clinical Lab, Medical Staff Administration, Respiratory Care, Quality and Outcomes Management, and Risk Management. His tenure includes being named associate administrator for Professional and Quality Services for both Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. In this capacity he created a Clinical Authorizations Center with an emphasis on chemotherapy reimbursement in the outpatient setting.
“Scott has developed the important skill of working effectively over all levels of our organization,” said Edward Crandall, chair, Department of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine. “His dedication to collaboration and teamwork across the clinical enterprise has earned him the respect and support of all our clinical department chairs.”
That respect is echoed by Inderbir Gill, chair of the USC Department of Urology.
“I have known Scott for the past three years. He is dynamic, he is visionary and he is a can-do person,” said Gill. “I know that under his leadership, he will bring renewed energy to the Keck Medical Center of USC enterprise. We look forward to closely partnering with him.”
Evans received his Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1998 from the USC School of Pharmacy, with post-graduate residency training at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the USC School of Pharmacy. He is in the class of 2012 in the Executive Master of Health Administration program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
About Keck Medical Center of USC
The Keck Medical Center of USC is one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. Keck Medical Center of USC was launched in 2011 after a transformative $150 million gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation. It is comprised of Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, the private hospitals of the University of Southern California. The two world-class, USC-owned hospitals are staffed by more than 500 physicians who are faculty at the renowned Keck School of Medicine of USC. Keck Medical Center of USC is a center for multi-faceted care, with a concentration of specialists across multiple areas of expertise.
About Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Hospital of USC is a private, acute care hospital staffed by USC physicians, who are also faculty at the renowned Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Our compassionate and dedicated doctors and nurses deliver state-of-the-art medical treatment, innovative therapies and surgical procedures. Opened in 1991 as USC University Hospital, this modern facility offers some of the most sophisticated technology available. Among the hospital's advanced services are neurointerventional radiology, minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, robotic surgery and interventional cardiology. Surgical specialties include organ transplantation and neurosurgery, as well as cardiothoracic, bariatric, esophageal, orthopaedic, and plastic and reconstructive surgeries. Conveniently located just off the San Bernardino freeways near Downtown Los Angeles, Keck Hospital of USC offers top medical expertise and sophisticated technology, combined with a personalized approach to health care. Patients also can visit the private offices of USC physicians in Healthcare Consultation Centers I and II, which are located next to the hospital on USC’s Health Sciences Campus.
About USC Norris Cancer Hospital
Built exclusively for cancer research and patient care, USC Norris Cancer Hospital is part of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center – one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. The close affiliation between the hospital and cancer center offers immediate benefit to patients seeking the latest breakthroughs in cancer prevention and treatment. Clinical trials are available for eligible patients who may have failed conventional cancer treatment. Outpatients seeking diagnostic testing, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and second opinions are treated on site. USC Norris Cancer Hospital also has a radiation oncology department equipped with a CyberKnife and a Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator, providing the latest state-of-the-art technology, such as stereotactic radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. Staffed by USC physicians, USC Norris Cancer Hospital offers advanced treatment in an intimate setting devoted to cancer treatment and research.
About USC Physicians
Our doctors are among the nation’s leaders in innovative clinical care, research and the education of future physicians. They are more than 500 physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. They provide care in a wide range of medical specialties from the most complex diagnoses and treatments to primary care for the entire family. Our physicians practice in numerous locations throughout
Los Angeles and Southern California, including the Doheny Eye Institute and two USC-owned, private hospitals
— Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital — providing leading-edge treatments and technology. In addition, USC physicians see patients at our medical offices in Downtown Los Angeles, La Cañada Flintridge, Beverly Hills and Pasadena.
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