Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Medical Center

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Brad Simmons is the Interim Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Simmons joined the UC Davis Medical Center in 2016 as COO, and was named Interim CEO in 2019.

Prior to joining UC Davis Medical Center, Simmons served as chief operating officer of Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, a nationally recognized Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award recipient. He previously served as senior vice president of Medicine, Surgical & Emergency Trauma Services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. He also has earned board certification in health care management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), which signifies expertise, experience and commitment to continuing education and professional development.

His responsibilities at UC Davis Medical Center, which also includes UC Davis Children's Hospital, have involved operational, logistical and patient-support services, and include nursing and medical staff clinical operations. He has overseen UC Davis Health's level 1 trauma and emergency services and the health system's surgery and post-operative care services, as well as facility operations and supply chain management.

In addition, Simmons has been a key leader in managed care and regulatory oversight of hospital-based clinics, as well as leading the medical center’s engagement with Hospital Council for emergency medical services.

Simmons’ varied responsibilities also extend to UC Davis' 140-acre Sacramento campus, home to more than 3 million square feet of buildings, a number of mandated seismic safety upgrades, and multiple major expansion projects, including the recently announced UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital and other hospital affiliations.

Simmons is active in the community and involved in various Sacramento community organizations. He currently sits on the boards of directors for PBS/KVIE, the Saint John's Program for Real Change and the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives Northern and Central California Regents Advisory Council, and a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum – Sacramento.

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