David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and CEO of UC Davis Health, today announced that Brad Simmons will be the interim chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center, pending approval by UC Regents in the coming month.
Simmons joined UC Davis in 2016 as chief operating officer of the medical center. He served as the secondary leader of the hospital for Ann Madden Rice, who is moving on after 12 years to become president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital and senior vice president of Allina Health in Minneapolis.
“Brad is the ideal person, ready to step right into this crucial position at UC Davis Health,” said Lubarsky. “Not only has he been responsible for day-to-day hospital operations, but he is dedicated to high-quality outcomes, patient care and ensuring the medical center plays a pivotal role in the larger health and well-being of our entire community and region.”
Prior to joining UC Davis Medical Center, Simmons served as chief operating officer of Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, a nationally recognized Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award recipient. He previously served as senior vice president of Medicine, Surgical & Emergency Trauma Services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. He also has earned board certification in health care management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), which signifies expertise, experience and commitment to continuing education and professional development.
His responsibilities at UC Davis Medical Center have involved operational, logistical and patient support services, which also include UC Davis Children's Hospital. He has overseen UC Davis’ Level 1 trauma and emergency services, surgery and post-operative care services, as well facility operations and supply chain management. In addition, Simmons has been a key leader in managed care and outpatient services for the health system, which include its network of primary care offices throughout the Sacramento region, as well as leading the medical center’s engagement with Sacramento County for emergency medical services.
Simmons’ varied responsibilities also extend to UC Davis' 140-acre Sacramento campus, home to more than 3 million square feet of buildings, a number of mandated seismic safety upgrades, and multiple major expansion projects, including the recently announced UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital.
Simmons is active in the community and involved in various Sacramento community organizations. He currently sits on the PBS/KVIE Board of Directors and is a member of the American Leadership Forum – Sacramento.
Simmons and his wife, Angie, have a 14-year-old terrier and enjoy traveling and trying new restaurants around town.