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UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center

Ann Madden Rice

Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Medical Center

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Q&A with Ann

What do you do?

I oversee our hospital, specialty clinics and primary-care practices that offer care to more than 6 million people living in 33 counties in Northern California. I make sure we have strong support for all of our clinical programs, which include the region's leading trauma, emergency and pediatric-care teams. Patient satisfaction, safety and quality-of-care are three of my top priorities.

What do you enjoy about your work?

First and foremost, I enjoy the amazing people with whom I work. Everyone demonstrates a high level of commitment to making our patients and their families feel safe and comfortable in our clinical care facilities. I also enjoy the challenge of guiding major projects, such as our new $424-million Surgical and Emergency Services Pavilion. It's very gratifying to discover and create unique solutions which, in turn, help us meet the needs of our fast-growing community.

Ann Madden Rice is chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She is a nationally recognized expert in the management of health-care institutions.

As CEO, Rice oversees more than 8,000 employees at the medical center, an acute-care teaching hospital licensed with 619 beds, with an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and medical clinics in 10 California communities. The medical center serves 6 million residents in 33 counties encompassing 65,000 square miles of Northern and Central California.

Several independent, national organizations rank the medical center among the country's best in safety, quality and patient satisfaction. It offers nationally regarded expertise in areas such as telehealth, rural medicine, trauma and emergency care, primary care and cancer. It is the sole provider of a number of services for inland Northern California, including a level I adult and pediatric trauma center, a full-service children's hospital and a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

Prior to UC Davis Medical Center, Rice served sequentially as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Previous positions include chief financial officer of the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, and vice president of fiscal services for the Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre, Vermont.

Rice received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and logistics in 1979 from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Iowa in 1983. She has been awarded the Muncie Gold Merit Award by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received the Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award in 2010 from the Association of Healthcare Leaders. She also received the ISU College of Business Citation of Achievement in 2005. Rice was named among Becker's Hospital Review "120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" in 2012, and a Modern Healthcare Up and Comer in 1994. She serves on several local boards and is a member of the ISU Dean’s Advisory Council.

Rice is on the Executive Committee and the Audit and Corporate Operations Committee of the University Health System Consortium and is incoming secretary/treasurer of the Hospital Council of Northern California. She was elected as a Section for Metropolitan Hospitals delegate and to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board from District 9. Rice is the immediate past chair of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization and serves on the Executive Committee of the Sacramento Metro Chamber.