Scripps Health Names Chief Operating Officer, Chief Growth Officer

Positions focused on cost management, strategic growth


Shiraz Fagan and Richard Neale.

Positions focused on cost management, strategic growth

Scripps Health has promoted Shiraz Fagan to the role of chief operating officer and Richard Neale to the role of chief growth officer, two new senior executive team positions created to enhance the organization’s focus on cost management and strategic growth. 

“Given the realities of a changing health care landscape, our focus on cost management and growth is increasingly important,” said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “The timing is right to add these additional roles to the Scripps executive team.”

Both Fagan and Neale will assume their new roles on Oct. 1.

Fagan is currently chief executive of the Scripps Medical Foundation, where she manages the daily operations of Scripps Clinic, Scripps Coastal Medical Center and the Scripps Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group. After joining Scripps in 2002 as a senior project manager in Scripps’ Project Management Office, she served as chief operating executive for Scripps Clinic and as vice president of physician services before assuming her current position in 2012, where she has been instrumental to the integration of ambulatory and hospital services at Scripps. As chief operating officer of Scripps Health, Fagan will continue to focus on greater integration and cost containment.

Neale is currently corporate senior vice president of corporate development, overseeing collaborations and partnerships, geographic expansion and innovative business opportunities. Since joining Scripps in 2008, he has held several executive roles in which he led a realignment of Clinical Research Services and helped to significantly grow ambulatory business through Scripps affiliated independent physicians.

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