Barton selects new CEO |

Barton selects new CEO

John Williams

Barton HealthCare System’s board of directors announced Monday the selection of John G. Williams as chief executive officer, effective Nov. 6.

Williams has 30 years experience as a chief executive officer, chief operating officer and in executive-level management positions within the hospital and health-system industry. He and his wife, Betsy, come to South Lake Tahoe from San Francisco.

“After a lengthy and exhaustive search process, everyone at Barton is very enthusiastic about John’s selection,” said Robert N. Chester, president of Barton’s governing board, adding, “We all feel we have found an exceptionally capable and talented individual for this important leadership position.”

For the past several years Williams has held senior-level executive positions with Sutter Health. He began as president and chief executive officer for St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Care Center in San Francisco, leading that hospital to a financial turnaround and merger with California Pacific Medical Center. He is vacating his current position as regional vice president for Sutter Health to make the move to Lake Tahoe.

“Betsy and I are excited about moving to Lake Tahoe and becoming part of this community,” said Williams. “The people I’ve met here have a great deal of pride in Barton, as they should. They have accomplished a lot and have built a wonderful foundation on which to create a successful future.”

Williams’ background also includes serving as Bay Area Regional CEO of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.

Williams has a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from the University of San Francisco.

While Williams has a strong educational background, he also has a proven track record of success in the healthcare industry. He possesses strong leadership skills and brings genuine enthusiasm for the leadership role at Barton.

He is a warm, down-to-earth leader with a positive attitude, strong communication skills and an effective collaborative management approach to team building.

Williams will first meet approximately 900 of Barton’s employees at a series of introductions starting the week of Nov. 6. He will then be introduced to the community in an ongoing basis. And guests attending the Barton Foundation Gala on Nov. 11 will hear comments from Williams on his vision for the hospital.

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