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Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital Opens in Bakersfield, California

Ernest Health’s Newest Hospital Opens Doors to Serve the Greater Bakersfield Community

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. and BAKERSFIELD, Calif., May 26, 2022 – Ernest Health, a national specialty healthcare provider based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, recently celebrated the opening of Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital, a medical rehabilitation hospital located at 4400 Kirkcaldy Drive in Bakersfield, California.

Conveniently situated on the Rio Bravo Medical Campus off Highway 178 between Morning Drive and Fairfax Road, the 50-bed rehabilitation hospital will serve Kern County and surrounding communities. The new hospital is fully operational and accepting patient referrals at this time.

“We’re excited for the greater Bakersfield community to experience the world-class care that our hospitals are known for,” stated Brad Hollinger, CEO of Ernest Health and Vibra Healthcare. “We are grateful for the overwhelming support of the community and thank our partners and employees for the important work they’ve done to bring vital, life-changing rehabilitative care to Bakersfield.” (more…)

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Ernest Health Selects Dale H. Steakley as CEO for New Sacramento Hospital

Dale Steakley will be the CEO at Sacramento Rehabilitation Hospital in Sacramento, CA.

Ernest Health is pleased to announce Dale H. Steakley as chief executive officer of Sacramento Rehabilitation Hospital. Steakley will oversee the 50-bed medical rehabilitation hospital, currently under construction at 10 Advantage Court, Sacramento, adjacent to Interstate 5 in Natomas Crossing. The new rehabilitation hospital will provide a specialized treatment option for individuals recovering from or living with debilitating injuries, illnesses, and chronic medical conditions. As construction continues to progress, Steakley will assume preparations for opening and take on the operational and strategic leadership of the hospital.

Steakley is a skilled healthcare executive, bringing over 17 years of experience to the CEO role. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions in various healthcare settings. His work has included clinical and management roles in hospitals, nursing facilities, health plans, and population health and technology consulting companies. He has worked in various medical specialties in these roles, including medical-surgical, telemetry, hematology, oncology, dialysis, neuroscience, acute and post-acute care nursing and operations, and health plan operations.

As CEO, Steakley notes that his goal will be to provide an exceptional environment and experience for patients and their families, community partners, and employees. “I am completely honored, humbled, and thrilled to be joining Ernest Health as the CEO of Sacramento Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Steakley. “I look forward to setting the strategic direction of this new hospital and creating meaningful relationships within the market. I am also eager to build a team of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and motivated people in the industry so that we can deliver the patient-centered, high-quality care that is synonymous with Ernest Health’s name.”

“We’re excited to welcome Dale to our work family and to see him take Sacramento Rehabilitation Hospital from a construction zone to doors opening with a topnotch team in place, ready to serve patients with outstanding care,” added Wayne Mackey, Ernest Health’s chief human resources officer. “Dale will be a tremendous resource for the hospital, community, and his team. He is an advocate for education, and I admire his commitment to promoting opportunities for ongoing learning and continuous growth for all staff. I am confident that his expertise in this arena, along with his diverse background and leadership skill set, will bring him and his future team great success.”

Steakley holds a Master of Business Administration from Northcentral University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is a registered nurse, licensed nursing home administrator, holds numerous specialty board certifications in nursing and post-acute care leadership, and is an accredited small business consultant. Steakley serves as a faculty member and advisor for the National Council of Post-Acute Care Practitioners. He is also an advisor for the Institute of Post-Acute Care. He is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination, the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants, and the American Nurses Association.

Steakley cites his gratitude for the support of his husband and family. “Family is extremely important to me,” he adds. “My husband and family are a great support system and have been my biggest cheerleaders as I’ve worked to attain my career goals.” Together they enjoy traveling, experiencing new cultures and venues, and taking up new hobbies—like cooking their way through several cookbooks during the pandemic and tackling home decorating and improvement projects.

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Ernest Health Announces Richard D. Trogman as CEO of New Stockton Hospital

Richard D. Trogman will serve as the CEO of Stockton Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Stockton, CA.

Ernest Health is pleased to announce Richard D. Trogman as chief executive officer of Stockton Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, a 50-bed medical rehabilitation hospital currently under development in Stockton, California. Since assuming the CEO role in early January, Trogman has eagerly begun planning for the hospital’s opening. Once operational, Stockton Regional Rehabilitation Hospital will offer a specialized treatment option for community members recovering from or living with debilitating injuries, illnesses, and chronic medical conditions.

A board-certified healthcare management executive with over 30 years of experience in the industry, Trogman is well suited to take on the startup and lead the hospital from opening to operation. Skilled in operational and strategic management, he has held a number of healthcare executive roles. Most recently, he served as PIH Health’s system chief operating officer and president of PIH Health Hospital – Downey. His career has also included 27 years of progressive leadership roles with Kaiser Permanente.

As Stockton Regional Rehabilitation Hospital’s CEO, Trogman’s goal will be to deliver exceptional care and foster high satisfaction levels among employees, patients, and community partners alike. “I’m very excited to be leading the opening of a new hospital in a new market for Ernest Health,” Trogman shared. “It’s a unique opportunity to build a leadership team from scratch and to create the caring culture that will serve as the foundation for us to provide high-quality inpatient rehabilitation care to our patients. In addition, I’m looking forward to establishing sustaining relationships with the healthcare providers and other key stakeholders in this vibrant, growing part of our state.”

“We welcome Richard to Ernest Health and excitedly await the opening of Stockton Regional Rehabilitation Hospital under his leadership,” added Wayne Mackey, Ernest Health’s chief human resources officer. “Richard is a seasoned healthcare executive; he possesses a skill set that will undoubtedly bring him and his future team much success. While exceptionally skilled in operations, organizational planning, and project management, Richard is also an engaging communicator, a team player, and a facilitative leader. We are grateful that he has decided to bring his expertise to Ernest Health.”

Trogman holds a Master of Science in health administration from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), has served on the board of directors of the ACHE of Southern California, and is a Certified Six Sigma Process Improvement Green Belt. Trogman has also previously served on the board of directors for the United Way of Ventura County and the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County.

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