Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Adventist Health Clear Lake appoints Assavapisitkul as new president

Colleen Assavapisitkul. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — Adventist Health announced the appointment of Colleen Assavapisitkul, MSN, RN, CENP, HACP, as president at Adventist Health Clear Lake.

In this role, she will lead the work of Adventist Health Clear Lake in serving the residents of Lake County and contribute to strategic growth while ensuring that strategies align with and support daily operations.

“With a strong background in nursing and leadership, we are confident in the knowledge, capability and dedication Colleen will bring to this role,” said Kerry Heinrich, president and CEO of Adventist Health.

Assavapisitkul’s career in health care includes broad experience in many clinical settings and locations, including Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Bangkok, Thailand.

She has served with Adventist Health Clear Lake in leadership roles for over 10 years, and as vice president of patient care for the hospital since 2016.

Assavapisitkul’s leadership with the organization began in 2011 when she joined as director of quality/infection control. She then served as administrative director of patient care before being promoted to chief nursing officer in 2014.

"Over the 10 years I’ve worked in Clearlake leading the care of our patients, I’ve been inspired and motivated by our employees, providers, and partners and I look forward to building on our success,” Assavapisitkul said. “As we continue our journey to achieve our vision for Lake County and beyond, we will leverage past achievements and continue to pave the way for an excellent experience for our patients, their families, and our entire community.”

During her time with Adventist Health Clear Lake, Assavapisitkul has been instrumental in opening a new emergency department, improving quality scores and building a strong clinical team focused on providing leading care.

“I’m thankful to Colleen for stepping into this role,” said Judson Howe, president of Adventist Health’s North Coast Network. “Having worked with Colleen in neighboring Mendocino County, I have watched and admired Colleen’s abilities to lead our exceptional team through many milestones and challenges. With our continued focus on alignment and strengthening our hospitals individually and collectively as a network, I’m grateful to have Colleen continuing to provide stability and leadership."

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