Richard D. Cordova, FACHE

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President and Chief Executive Officer


Richard D. Cordova, FACHE has been named Chair-Elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a well-deserved honor after years of serving as a member, board-certified fellow in healthcare management and, most recently, as a member of the board of governors.

His service in this capacity will bring greater prestige to CHLA, advance awareness of our mission and position the hospital and research enterprise for success as we move into a pivotal new era amid the changes that healthcare reform will bring.

Richard D. Cordova joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as President and Chief Operating Officer on April 25, 2005. He became President and CEO, and a member of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees, on April 1, 2006.

Mr. Cordova was associated with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, a nonprofit integrated health care system with revenues in excess of $20 billion and 30 hospitals in eight states, a health plan with more than eight million members and eight physician groups.

He was president of the Southern California Region of the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals (2002-04), with responsibilities for 11 hospitals with a licensed capacity of 2,300 beds, as well as a health plan for more than three million members, including 45,000 employees. His responsibilities also included the leadership of the organization’s regional efforts in marketing, strategic planning, finance, quality and patient safety.

Mr. Cordova was chief operations officer for Southern California (1999-02) at Kaiser prior to his appointment as president of the Southern California Region. Prior to this position, he was senior vice president and service area manager with responsibilities for four hospitals in the Northern California East Bay Service Area, including those in parts of Contra Costa County and all of Alameda County.

Mr. Cordova was with the Department of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco from 1991 to 1998, as Executive Administrator of the Community Health Network (1997-98), with responsibilities for San Francisco General Hospital, Laguna Honda Hospital and 12 community health centers.  He also served as CEO of San Francisco General Hospital (1991-98), an acute care hospital specializing in trauma and AIDS.

Mr. Cordova was a founding member of the San Francisco Public Health Authority (1996-98) which created the Medi-Cal managed care organization for the city and county of San Francisco.

He was with the Department of Health Services for the County of Los Angeles from 1973 to 1991, including service as administrator of General Hospital of Los Angeles County (LAC/USC Medical Center) (1986-91) and associate hospital administrator of operations at Olive View Medical Center (1978-86).

Mr. Cordova is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE) and serves as a Governor on the Board of Governors.

In addition to his service to ACHE, Mr. Cordova serves on the board of the California Children’s Hospital Association and the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the California Hospital Association.

Mr. Cordova has served on a number of community boards and organizations, including chairing the board of the California Children’s Hospital Association and serving as a board member of the Child Health Corporation of America (now Children’s Hospital Association). He is a founding member and first chair of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives. 

He also has served on the Boards of the Child Health Corporation of America (2007-11), the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (2008-11), the California Healthcare Association (2002-04), the California Chamber of Commerce (2002-04) and the Healthcare Association of Southern California (1999-01). He was a member of the board and executive committee of both the California Association of Public Hospitals (1990-98) and the National Association of Public Hospitals (1990-97; Chair 1997).

Mr. Cordova was a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (1996-98), appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.

He was selected one of America’s “Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine in October 2005; he was named one of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine in August 2006; and he was selected one of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine (2008, 2010, 2014). Mr. Cordova was also selected “CEO of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in April 2011.

Mr. Cordova also received the Alumnus of the Year Award from California State University, Los Angeles in 2010, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2006.

Mr. Cordova received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University at Los Angeles in 1972. He received an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University in 1984, and he completed a PEW Fellowship at the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems in 1987.

Mr. Cordova is a native of Southern California, born and raised in Montebello.  He is married with three daughters.