NEWS | August 17, 2018

CEO Rice leaving Med Center


After 12 years as CEO of the UC Davis Medical Center, Ann Madden Rice has accepted the role of president, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and senior vice president, Allina Health.  She will be joining the Allina Health team in Minneapolis in October and continue her work here at UC Davis through the end of September.

Ann Madden Rice is leaving the health system after 12 years as CEO of UC Davis Medical Center.   Ann Madden Rice is leaving the health system after 12 years as CEO of UC Davis Medical Center.

Rice will be leaving a legacy of accomplishment and patient care excellence here at UC Davis Health, and has positioned the medical center well for continued care innovation and future collaboration.  She has built a strong leadership team that is prepared to carry the UC Davis Health mission forward. 

In just the last few months, the medical center has been re-verified as the region’s only Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, UC Davis Children’s Hospital earned multiple prominent national rankings and was re-verified for two years as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons, and the hospital has again been ranked as one of the five best hospitals in California and the best in the Sacramento region. Rice also recently secured approval from the UC Regents to launch a second hospital on the Sacramento campus focused on physical rehabilitation.

Rice’s selection to help lead Allina Health is a testament to the quality of the programs she’s built at UC Davis Health, as well as the strong leadership team and partnerships with clinical staff she established to deliver clinical excellence throughout the health system.

“I have no doubt our patient care teams will continue the commitment we all share to provide high-quality, compassionate care,” said David A. Lubarsky, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and CEO of UC Davis Health. “Ann helped guide medical and inter-professional health students toward successful careers, accelerate innovative research, promote sustainability and prudent stewardship of our resources, and create a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone. In the coming weeks, I will work closely with the medical center’s leadership team, including Doug Kirk, Brad Simmons and Toby Marsh, to ensure our excellent facility remains not only the top hospital in Sacramento, but one of the top hospitals in all of California and the nation.”

Lubarsky noted that leadership changes are a necessary part of every organization’s evolution.

“I want to sincerely thank everyone at UC Davis Health for continuing to demonstrate their commitment to providing the best possible care for all patients during this period of transition,” Lubarsky added. “We’ll be launching a nationwide search for a successor as soon as possible, and I know Ann will be a great partner in this effort during her remaining time here.”

Plans are underway for receptions in late September honoring Rice and enabling her to thank hospital staff for their years of support and commitment to patients. Check The Insider for information about these events, and for updates on the health system’s search for a new hospital leader.