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 fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has experience in both academic and community medical centers.

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 $1.7 billion, medical clinics in 11 California communities, and extensive telemedicine and cancer care networks. The medical center serves 6 million residents in 33 counties encompassing 65,000 square miles of Northern and Central California.

Rice is very involved in national, state and local health care and civic policy.  She currently serves as California Hospital Association secretary/treasurer, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California chairperson, and University HealthSystem Consortium vice chairperson. She serves on the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and is the California Senate appointee on the California Health Facilities Financing Authority. She previously served on the American Hospital Association Region 9 Regional Policy Board and the California Association of Healthcare Leaders Board.    

In 2014, 2013 and 2012, Rice was named among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” She also received the Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award from the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, the Muncie Gold Merit Award from 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 was chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She also has experience in community hospital settings as chief financial officer.