WALLINGFORD, CONN. - Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of hemostatic devices, announced today the appointment of Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, to the Board of Directors. As President and CEO of Scripps Health, Van Gorder brings more than three decades of business and civic experience to the board, including 40 years in health care and 30 years in executive positions.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris to our board and are confident he’ll have an immediate impact upon our company,” said Eric Compton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Z-Medica. “We hold the utmost respect for his impressive work turning Scripps into one of the nation’s foremost health care institutions and for his overall commitment to improving health care services and community health.”
Van Gorder has been honored with the coveted Press Ganey Innovation Award, the California Distinguished Service Medal for his work with California Emergency Medical Services, and the American College of Healthcare Executives’ highest honor, the ACHE Gold Medal Award. He has also been named one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine over eight years.
“As a former police officer and current member of the Scripps Medical Response Team, I’ve experienced first-hand the vital need for prompt, effective bleeding control,” said Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, President and CEO, Scripps Health. “I look forward to taking on my new role and helping Z-Medica further their work helping hospitals and first responders save lives every day.”
In addition to his leadership at Scripps Health, Van Gorder currently serves the public as Reserve Assistant Sheriff for San Diego County, California, and is a past chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives. He received his master’s degree in public administration/health services administration from the University of Southern California, completed the Wharton System CEO Program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles.