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St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County Names New Chief Executive


Eureka, CA (December 21st, 2017) – St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County is pleased to announce the appointment of Roberta Luskin-Hawk, MD, as its new Chief Executive. Luskin-Hawk will assume responsibilities on February 1st, 2018.

Luskin-Hawk is a highly skilled and experienced physician executive known for her ability to establish strong relationships with caregivers and physicians. Her strengths also include business development, population health, and operations. She will bring to the position a collaborative management style, innovation and a steady focus on population health.

Luskin-Hawk comes to Humboldt County from Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, where she served as Regional President & CEO, overseeing two hospitals, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital and Presence Saint Francis Hospital, as well as associated ambulatory programs. In addition to her years of experience as a chief executive over hospitals and health systems, Roberta has served as chair of the Department of Medicine at Resurrection Healthcare and was the founder/principal investigator of the Aids Research Alliance in Chicago, IL.

Luskin-Hawk earned a Doctor of Medicine degree with honors from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She is fellowship trained in infectious disease, and has worked as an Internal Medicine physician for more than 37 years.

David Southerland, who served as interim Chief Executive during the recent search, will assume his previous responsibilities as St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County’s Chief Operating Officer.

About St. Joseph, Health Humboldt County

St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County (SJHS-HC) is committed to meeting the highest standards in health care delivery while ministering to the needs of the whole person – body, mind and spirit. This commitment to the people of the North Coast is expressed in the St. Joseph Health System's four core values - Dignity, Service, Excellence, and Justice. The health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange began in Humboldt County during the flu epidemic of 1918. The Sisters opened the first St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka in 1920 and committed to continually improving the health and quality of life of the people served. This commitment continues today and has been further defined by the vision of the SJHS-HC - to bring people together to provide compassionate care, promote health improvement, and create healthy communities.

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