Leading Health Care Executive Catherine Shitara Joins MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer

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Catherine Shitara, a leading Southern California health care executive, is the new Chief Operating Officer at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.
Shitara has more than 20 years of leadership experience with health systems and academic, acute care and behavioral health hospitals, achieving impressive patient quality and safety outcomes, fostering team collaboration and excelling in value-based initiatives.

"As an experienced executive with a stellar track record leading multiple enterprise operations and performance improvement programs, Catherine is a strong and welcome addition to our senior leadership team," says Marcia Manker, CEO of MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center which was recently recognized in U.S. News & World Report annual listings of America's Best Hospitals.

Shitara previously spearheaded patient safety and quality outcome initiatives as a Prospect Medical Holdings National Vice President. She also served as CEO and Hospital Administrator for Alta Hospital Systems' three acute-care and behavioral health facilities that were acquired by Prospect.

Other career highlights include Accreditation and Patient Safety Manager for Keck Medical Center of USC and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. As Verdura Group President and CEO, she provided administrative and operational management to LAC+USC Medical Center, supporting EHR system conversions, operational efficiencies and clinical documentation improvements.

Shitara earned her bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles and MBA from University of Southern California. Her early career in consumer products and aerospace included work with Global Positional Satellite (GPS) systems, specialized military and commercial aircraft, and sporting goods product development.