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Richard Cordova

Richard D. Cordova '72
President and Chief Executive Officer
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles


As Alumnus of the Year, Richard Cordova personifies the outstanding contributions of all the 2010 Alumni Award recipients. Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles in 1972. He received an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1984 and completed a PEW Fellowship at the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

In 1973 Richard began his illustrious career in Healthcare Management at the Department of Health Services for the County of Los Angeles. Between 1973 and 1991 he served as the administrator of General Hospital of Los Angeles County and associate hospital administrator of operations at Olive View Medical Center.

Richard was with the Department of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco, from 1991 to 1998, as Executive Administrator of the Community Health Network. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco General Hospital and was a founding member of the San Francisco Public Health Authority, which created the Medi-Cal managed care organization for the city and county of San Francisco.

Richard was president of the Southern California Region of the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals from 2002 - 2004, with responsibilities for 11 hospitals with a licensed capacity of 2,300 beds, as well as a health plan for more than three million members, including 45,000 employees.

Richard began his association with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 2005 as President and Chief Executive Officer and in 2006 he became a member of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees. As president and chief executive officer of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Richard brings nearly 35 years of diverse health care experience to
Southern California’s oldest children’s hospital.

Mr. Cordova is a founding member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives and past-chair of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. He was selected one of America’s “Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine in October 2005; he was named one of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine in August 2006; and he was selected one of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine in April 2008 and 2010.

Currently, Richard is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He serves as chair of the California Children’s Hospital Association and board member of the Child Health Corporation of America and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. He is also a board member of ThinkCure, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Cordova is a native of Southern California, born and raised by his parents Arnold and Esperanza in Montebello. Mr. Cordova and his wife Janice have been married for 35 years; they enjoy travelling the world together to exotic locations. Richard is an avid golfer, runner and bike rider. They have three daughters, Vanessa, Marisa and Jessica.

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