Late last week, Adventist Health CEO and current CHA Board Chair Scott Reiner shared in a blog post on LinkedIn that he would be leaving his position at the end of the year to establish a family foundation focused on global health and well-being.
Having come to know Scott during my time at CHA, and even more closely since January when he took over as CHA Board Chair, this new work is a perfect fit for him. Scott began his career in health care as a registered nurse, a call to tend to those in need that has carried through his time with Adventist Health and has been clear to me during his tenure as a CHA officer. It will continue with his work at the new foundation.
The past year has been particularly challenging for hospital leaders — surge after surge of COVID-19, a brutal legislative session, and the long-term financial devastation wrought by the pandemic mean a recovery period that will last years, not months. Through it all, Scott has provided a steady perspective, sage guidance, and a thoughtful, inclusive approach to help CHA chart a safe course for California’s hospitals.
All of us at CHA are grateful for Scott’s leadership, for his generosity with his time, and for his counsel through highly politicized and emotionally charged periods. His departure will mean that in 2022, CHA’s Board will be without the role of immediate past chair, a slot that will remain open for the year.
I know all of us wish him well on the next stage of his journey, and Scott’s own words in saying farewell reflect the sentiments we all share toward him: “I am thankful for the experiences and relationships that have enriched my life during my time at Adventist Health … and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities you have given me to make a difference and serve you.”