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March 22, 2011 > Special Life Events: Smith takes the helm of SCVMC

Special Life Events: Smith takes the helm of SCVMC

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Laurel Anderson

Linda M. Smith (not related to Jeffrey V. Smith, Santa Clara County Executive) will head the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the County's 574-bed acute care hospital, from February 1, 2011. She will be returning to Valley Medical where she began her health career as a respiratory therapist.

"We're pleased to have Linda join the County's executive management team," said County Executive Smith. "She returns to Valley Medical Center with an impressive track record in hospital administration and both the vision and experience to lead the organization."

Smith was employed by the $4 billion non-profit Aurora Health Care system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 2001 to 2010. She served as a hospital administrator of the Aurora BayCare Medical Center and was responsible for the daily management of the 167-bed regional tertiary level 2 trauma center, including two ambulatory surgery centers.

She opened the tertiary facility including hiring 1,200 employees and passing initial State, Federal and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) surveys. Smith ran a professional organization and ended each of the past nine fiscal years ahead of budgeted net income.

Smith was promoted to Executive Vice President, North Region and was responsible for ensuring the quality and financial success of all health care services in the region which consisted of seven counties with net revenues of $475M, 24 clinics and two acute care hospitals. In a recent restructuring, she became the Vice President for Critical Growth Markets and oversaw the successful openings of two Medical Centers and served as interim Chief Administrative Officer for Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center.

Prior to joining Aurora, Smith was employed for 17 years by the Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. She was the Deputy Executive Director of the Women's and Children's Hospital Center from 1998 to 2001 and Associate Administrator from 1994 to 1998. From 1984 to 1994, she held positions of Fiscal Analyst, Assistant Administrator for Medical Support Services and Associate Administrator for the Pediatric Pavilion.

Smith received her MBA from the University of Florida and also holds a Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration degree from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Arts and Science with a minor in Economics, from the University of California, Berkeley.

"I'm excited to return to the facility that inspired my career for the past 25 years," said Linda Smith. "My passion for superior patient care has its origins in the patients I served at SCVMC. I'm looking forward to re-acquainting myself with the facility and meeting the staff, patients and Santa Clara County community."

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