Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Medical Center

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Ann Madden Rice is chief executive officer of the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She is a nationally recognized expert in the management of health-care institutions and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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.

As CEO, Rice oversees more than 8,000 employees at the medical center, an acute-care teaching hospital with 619 beds, an annual budget of more than $1.6 billion and medical clinics in 11 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 Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers, a full-service children’s hospital and a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

Rice serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Audit and Corporate Operations Committee of the University Health System Consortium, and is chair-elect of the Hospital Council of Northern California. She serves as a Metropolitan Hospitals delegate of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board for Region 9. Rice is a past chair of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization and serves on the Executive Committee of the Sacramento Metro Chamber. She is the California Senate appointee to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority. Rice is on the Comstock’s Magazine editorial board. She serves on the board of Western Health Advantage and the Hospital Provider Relations Board of Anthem Blue Cross.

Rice has received many honors and awards as a thought leader in the health-care industry. In 2013 and 2012, she was named among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” She has also received the Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award from the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, the Muncie Gold Merit Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and alumni awards from both Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

Prior to joining 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. She 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.