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CLIMB Presents: Chris Van Gorder

Christ Van Gorder

On April 20, 2012, Chris Van Gorder joined us on campus to highlight his experiences as CEO of Scripps Health for the past 13 years.


Chris Van Gorder has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation’s foremost health care institutions.

Named CEO shortly after arriving at Scripps in 1999, the organization was losing $15 million a year, and employee and physician confidence had hit bottom. Van Gorder responded with a transparent, co-management style, configured an award-winning executive team, streamlined business operations and focused on internal efficiencies, physician relations and workplace culture — leading to a landmark turnaround.

He is currently leading the restructure of the $2.3 billion, integrated health system to best prepare for the changes of health care reform.