Keck Medical Center CEO, Scott Evans, honored with Los Angeles Business Journal Healthcare Leadership Award

April 28, 2014

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Contact: Sherri Snelling at (323) 442-4838 or sherri.snelling@med.usc.edu

LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2014 — Scott Evans, Pharm.D., M.H.A., CEO of Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California (USC) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, was named Hospital CEO of the year at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual Healthcare Leadership Awards event held at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel on April 23.

“We recognize the importance in our communities and in our personal lives of local health-care leaders and we’re proud to name Scott Evans this year’s Hospital CEO award winner,” says Matthew Toledo, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal. “Scott’s remarkable leadership at Keck Medical Center of USC has helped transform health care for thousands of Los Angeles area residents and his commitment to quality care and employee satisfaction is the foundation for the growth of one of our area’s strongest university-based medical enterprises.”

Evans was honored along with 15 other health-care leaders in Los Angeles. The awards are given every year to recognize the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have contributed to improving health-care delivery in Los Angeles.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for being part of an organization dedicated to delivering compassionate patient care to those Southern Californians who seek help and hope for their serious health-care issues,” said Evans. “By honoring me, you honor our entire medical center team – the expert physicians, surgical teams, nurses, administrative staff and everyone who goes beyond exceptional medicine in what they do every day.”

Evans also told the crowd that it is exciting to be expanding health-care services in the greater Los Angeles area, including the recent move of the Keck Medicine – Downtown Los Angeles clinic on 8th and Flower streets to reach more of the vital downtown business and residential audience.

The Los Angeles Business Journal honored Evans for his leadership of Keck Medical Center, one of the nation’s top university-based medical centers, through the transformation and evolution of health-care reform. Evans initiated a hospital department-specific balanced scorecard that measures quality outcomes, financial performance and service levels, and increases manager accountability. This created an alignment between department-specific objectives and the organization’s overall goals. Evans has also been a champion for the Commitment to Quality initiative and has redesigned the performance improvement process through creating a template for standardizing reporting.

Evans has been with USC for more than 10 years. Before being appointed CEO in 2012, Evans served as chief operating officer for Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital for five years. He joined USC University Hospital (now Keck Hospital) in 2004 as the hospital’s director of pharmacy services and residency program director for the USC School of Pharmacy.

As an adjunct member of USC’s faculty, he developed several key pharmacist positions including specialists in Psychiatry, Infectious Disease, and Ambulatory Care Transplantation. Under his direction, the hospital was recognized by the National Patient Safety Congress for a pioneering patient safety project related to tele-pharmacy services in California.

Evans earned a doctor of pharmacy degree at the USC School of Pharmacy with post-graduate residency training at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the USC School of Pharmacy. He also earned an Executive Master of Health Administration from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and is working on his Ed.D. in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University.

Photo: Stacy Stelzriede (from left), partner at Moss Adams LLP, Scott Evans, CEO of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and Matthew Toledo, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal, at the journal’s annual Healthcare Leadership Awards event on April 23, 2014. Courtesy of Los Angeles Business Journal
ABOUT KECK MEDICINE OF USC
Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. Encompassing academic, research and clinical entities, it consists of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the region’s first medical school; the renowned USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers established in the United States; the USC Care Medical Group, the medical faculty practice; the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes two acute care hospitals: 401-licensed bed Keck Hospital of USC and 60-licensed bed USC Norris Cancer Hospital; and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-licensed bed community hospital. It also includes outpatient facilities in Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, and the USC University Park Campus. USC faculty physicians and Keck School of Medicine departments also have practices throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. The Keck Medicine of USC world-class medical facilities are staffed by nearly 600 physicians who are faculty at the renowned Keck School of Medicine of USC and part of USC Care Medical Group. They are not only clinicians, but cutting-edge researchers, leading professors and active contributors to national and international professional medical societies and associations. For more information, go to www.keckmedicine.org/beyond