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Hospital CEO to Retire This Year

Gary Wilde managed merger to create health system.

Community Memorial Health System Board of Trustees Chair Richard Rush, alongside Chief Executive Gary Wilde, announced Wilde’s plans to retire later this year.

Gary Wilde

“Gary is an outstanding individual whose vision has helped build an incredible foundation for the future of Community Memorial Health System,” Rush said in a statement. “His experience and compassion are unmatched, and while we are sad to see him go, we are exceedingly proud of the work he has done in his tenure at Community Memorial Health System.”

The nonprofit system has facilities in the Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Ojai, Oak View, Fillmore and Port Hueneme markets.

Wilde joined Community Memorial Health System in 2004 as its chief executive and led the organization through the merger of Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital, which formed the current organization. Wilde also oversaw the creation of a 250-bed Community Memorial Hospital in 2018 and a 75-bed nursing facility in July 2020.

“It has been an honor to work with the dedicated physicians and staff at Community Memorial Health System for these past 18 years and I am incredibly grateful for the support from our community over the years,” Wilde said in a statement. “While I will continue to lead the organization over the next several months, I am looking forward to possibly teaching, going on humanitarian missions and spending more time with my family.”

The Community Memorial Health System Board of Trustees has hired executive recruiting firm Witt Kieffer to lead the search for candidates to succeed Wilde. The process is expected to be complete by this fall.

Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio “Tony” Pequeño IV is a reporter covering health care, finance and law for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He specializes in reporting on some of the biggest names in the Valley’s biotechnology sector. In addition to his work with the Business Journal, Tony has reported with BuzzFeed News on the unsupervised use of Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition technology. Tony, who also conducts freelance reporting, graduated from the USC’s Master of Science in Journalism program in 2021. He is in his fifth year as a journalist as of 2021.

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