St. John Medical Center is pleased to announce the formal appointment of Cliff Coker to President. The announcement was made by John Breen, Chairman of the UHHS/CSAHS-Cuyahoga, Inc. Board of Directors.
Prior to being named President, Coker spent approximately one year serving as St. John Medical Center's Interim President. Working closely with medical staff, employees and volunteers during that time, he successfully demonstrated his strong leadership skills and dedication to excellence.
Under his direction, the Hospital undertook several initiatives aimed at providing excellence in healthcare. It became the first west-side medical facility to purchase 12-Lead EKG equipment that enables Emergency Department personnel to receive "real time" data from paramedics while still in the field. Additionally, the Hospital recently was the first hospital on the west side to have a fully accredited chest pain clinic and is pursuing a Stroke Center of Excellence from the Joint Commission. This fall, the Hospital will also open The Spine & Orthopedic Center, a dedicated, 16-bed unit offering 5-star care and accommodations. In early 2008, the Hospital will debut an Urodynamics' Center of Excellence for urinary incontinence.
"Cliff is a dynamic leader who, through his unwavering commitment to our faith-based Mission and strategic thinking, has produced exemplary results and achievements for St. John Medical Center," said Breen. "We're confident that, under his ongoing leadership, we will be prepared to meet any future challenges, while continuing to provide our community with the high-quality, technologically advanced healthcare it deserves."
"I am honored to accept the position as President of St. John Medical Center," said Coker. "The Hospital has an excellent reputation and strong future, due in large part to the extraordinary team of employees, medical staff and volunteers. Every organization needs a dedicated team behind it to make it a success, and I'm extremely proud and excited to be a member of such a dynamic group of people."
Coker brings a wealth of healthcare experience to his new position. An 18-year administrative veteran, Coker served as Senior Vice President for Community Hospitals at University Hospitals. He joined University Hospitals in 1989 as the Vice President of Integrated Services. During his time with the organization, he held numerous leadership positions, including serving as Senior Vice President of the overall health system. In that role he oversaw the development, administration, financial and operational management of community hospitals and ambulatory centers.