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Stephen Gray officially named CEO of Watsonville Hospital

Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION-TV)- Watsonville Community Hospital will be getting a new CEO.

The Pajaro Valley Health Care District approved the contract for Stephen Gray to become the next CEO of the hospital during a board meeting that was held on Wednesday night.

Gray is currently the chief administrative officer for Sutter Bay Medical Foundation's Santa Cruz Division.

"I am honored to be selected as the new CEO for Watsonville Community Hospital,” said
Gray in a statement. “The impact this hospital has on its community cannot be overstated, and I am
humbled by the opportunity to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of the Pajaro Valley
and surrounding areas.”

Interim CEO Matko Vranjes will continue to serve in his role until Oct. 31. Gray start in his new role on Nov. 1

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After a four-month recruitment search, Watsonville Community Hospital could get a new CEO starting next week.

The Pajaro Valley Health Care District Hospital Corp Board of Directors have selected Stephen Gray to potentially become the next CEO of the hospital.

The District Board will vote to appoint Gray to the position during their Wednesday board meeting.

Gray is currently serving as the for Sutter Bay Medical Foundation – Santa Cruz Division, a multi-specialty medical group, and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. He has been in that role since 2019.

"We conducted an extensive search and were delighted to have four exceptional finalists,” said John Friel, board chair of the Pajaro Valley Health Care District Hospital Corporation said in a statement. "We are excited to extend this offer to Stephen Gray, pending board approval, and look forward to a bright future for Watsonville Community Hospital.”

The Hospital has been searching for a permanent CEO since April after Steven Salyer resigned back in April due to family reasons.

Matko Vranjes has been serving as the interim CEO since April.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. at Watsonville Community Hospital's Community Room. For more information click here.

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