APPLE VALLEY â€” Providence St. Joseph Health has announced Randall Castillo as the new chief executive of St. Mary Medical Center.
A health care executive who began his career as a nursing assistant, Castillo will return to his native Southern California as he steps into his new role at the Apple Valley-based medical center on Aug. 5.
Castillo will succeed CEO Alan Garrett, who came to the medical center nearly 10 years ago and relocated to Central California last year.
With 18 years in healthcare leadership, Castillo serves as chief operating officer of Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, part of Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services.
Castilloâ€™s responsibilities in Texas include providing oversight of a 495-bed regional trauma and academic medical center, which includes the main hospital, Heart Hospital, Pavilion Behavioral Hospital, Childrenâ€™s Hospital, freestanding emergency department, ambulatory surgical hospital, hospital-based clinics and urgent care centers.
Serving 26 counties in the Texas panhandle, the trauma center covers five states and approximatelyÂ one million residents.
Castillo is credited with significant growth at Northwest, improving physician relationships and establishing a formalized robotics service line.
â€œRandy is the forward-thinking leader we were seeking in our national search for St. Mary Medical Center,â€ said Victor S. Jordan, health network executive and chief operating officer, Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region. â€œHe is visionary and understands the rapid changes in health care and the importance of our goal of expanding access to quality and affordable care to all.â€
Castillo and his wife, Mia, a nurse who works primarily in trauma and emergency, have two children, Jersey Kate, 14, and Noah, 9.
Castillo is very active in the community, serving a board member of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the chamber reported.
Established in 1956, St. Mary Medical Center is a faith-based 212-bed acute care hospital along Highway 18 in Apple Valley.
St. Mary is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, designated STEMI receiving center and home to the only Neonatal Care Unit in the High Desert. St. Mary is a part of Providence St. Joseph Health, a 51-hospital system spanning seven Western states.
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