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Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation Named

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  • Written By: Laura Florez-McCusker

VISALIA – The Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation, which operates the medical offices staffed by physicians from Visalia Medical Clinic, has a new Chief Executive Officer.

After an extensive national search, Paul Schofield, a healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, accepted the position in late May. He has served the Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation in the interim CEO position since February.

“I have had success in handling challenges that are similar to those we face here, so I am ready for the road ahead,” said Schofield, who prior to coming to Visalia completed 12 years as CEO of Ogden Clinic, an independent physician-owned, multi-specialty group practice in northern Utah, operating 16 clinics, with 136 providers. “I have a high respect for physicians and the responsibilities and pressures they face. Physicians want to practice medicine and if they can rely on someone they trust to run their business for them, they can be successful. I am here to help them and also meet the community’s need for primary and specialty care physicians.”

Schofield is no stranger to California or the Central Valley. His 30 years of experience includes serving as Vice President of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital in San Luis Obispo. He has also worked at medical centers in Fairfield, Modesto and San Jose.

“Coming to Visalia is like coming back home. One of the main reasons I was interested and came here is because early on I had heard about Kaweah Delta,” he said. “I had heard of its great reputation back then as this jewel in the valley that had strong ties to the community, a strong commitment to excellence and a history of supporting itself financially. Kaweah Delta has been able to stay not for profit and that has been a blessing for this community.”

In an effort to recruit more physicians, Kaweah Delta partnered with Visalia Medical Group, the physician-owned medical group to form the Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation in 2015. The Foundation now owns and operates the clinic, employing all staff. The 42 physicians, who make up Visalia Medical Clinic, the physician-owned medical group, provide patient care.

“This partnership is an opportunity for our community. It’s a vehicle for the hospital and a medical group to work together to provide coordinated services to patients in a cost effective way,” said Schofield, who noted that in the next year, another eight physicians are under contract to join the group, with more additions likely. “We want to bring in the right physicians to meet the community need. We want to grow in the specialties that the community needs. It’s about providing care closer to people’s homes, closer to where they live, so that care is more convenient.”

Schofield has a Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brigham Young University. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys playing golf, tennis, pickleball, and hiking.

Kaweah Delta is a publicly-owned community healthcare organization that provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and Tulare County.

With over 5,000 dedicated medical professionals and employees, Kaweah Delta is committed to meeting the community’s health needs through state-of-the-art medicine, high-quality preventive services and specialized health centers and clinics. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org.