Scripps Health Names New Physician Executives at Hospitals

Campus-based executives to co-manage operations

Six Scripps physicians are new physician operations executives at hospital campuses in San Diego County.

New Scripps hospital physician executives are (clockwise from upper left) Davis Cracroft, MD; Dan Dworsky, MD; Scott Eisman, MD; Jon Worsey, MD; Juan Tovar, MD; and Valerie Norton, MD.

Campus-based executives to co-manage operations

As part of an ongoing redesign of the way Scripps Health delivers health care, the nonprofit health system has named five physicians to newly created physician operations executive positions at each of its hospital campuses in San Diego County.


The new positions are designed to assist regional hospital chief executives and campus chief operating executives in the co-management of the day-to-day activities of each hospital, in addition to supporting systemwide activities and strategies.


“We are blessed to have very positive relationships with our physicians and physician leaders,” said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “As we go through the most significant changes in health-care delivery and financing in decades -- if not ever -- we need more of our physicians helping us manage these changes as we focus on our three pillars of change: cost, quality and patient experience,”


The new physician operations executives are:

  • Dan Dworsky, MD, working with Chief Operations Executive Tom Collins at Scripps Green Hospital
  • Scott Eisman, MD, working with Chief Operations Executive Jan Zachry at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
  • Valerie Norton, MD, working with Chief Operations Executive Deb McQuillen at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
  • Juan Tovar, MD, working with Chief Operations Executive Deb McQuillen at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista
  • Jon Worsey, MD, working with Chief Operations Executive Cindy Steckel at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla


Additionally, Davis Cracroft, MD, has been named to the new regional role of vice president of physician development in south San Diego County.


Most of these physicians have served as chiefs of staff within their medical staffs, and all have served on hospital medical executive committees. As long-term members of Scripps medical staffs, they know their campuses, the physicians who work there and management team members. They all have had exposure to the Scripps Health board of trustees and to system administration, and they have been involved in cross-campus and systemwide initiatives.


“Even though Scripps is rated the No. 1 health system in the San Diego region and as one of the top five large health care systems in the country for quality and performance, we still have practices and procedures that vary internally and from campus to campus,” Van Gorder said. “We can make improvements, and we need our physicians to help us achieve those goals. These physician operations executives will help us get there.”


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