Member Spotlight – Daryn Kumar

Bio

Daryn J. Kumar recently joined Dignity Health’s, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, as its Chief Operating Officer. He is also the Founder of Executive Healthcare Partnerships, a healthcare consulting and sales company. From 2004 until 2018, Mr. Kumar served in a number of leadership roles within Sutter Health, including serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for 6 years, the Chief Operating Officer at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Chief Operating Officer at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Assistant Administrator at Sutter Delta Medical Center, in Antioch, California. Prior to working for Sutter Health, he served in a variety of leadership positions with Tenet Healthcare Corporation at Doctor’s Medical Center, San Pablo/Pinole in the East Bay Area from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Kumar started his career in healthcare in the United States Air Force as a Radiological Technologist and served on active duty from 1989 to 1998 and on active reserve duty from 2000 to 2006.

Mr. Kumar has an Associate degree in Radiological Sciences, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. His professional activities include; past Section Chair, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, , past Secretary and Board of Director for CALSTAR, a not for profit air ambulance company, past Board member of the Sutter Roseville Endoscopy Center and past Executive Committee Member of the Sutter Neurosciences Institute. Mr. Kumar has also been involved in local and regional affairs as a member of the Rotary Club of Modesto, Rotary Club of Lincoln, Modesto Chamber of Commerce and Board member of the Stanislaus Community Foundation, Valley Consortium for Medical Education and Community Hospice. He is also an active participant in the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Member Since (when did you become a CAHL member? ACHE member?)

I became a CAHL member just recently after being asked by another member to participate. I first became an ACHE member in 2008, but recently reconnected and became active this year.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in healthcare administration?

I am a product of 2 nurses and always knew I was going to be in healthcare. I started my career as an x-ray technologist, working primarily in Interventional Radiology and the Cath Lab. I loved being part of a team and making an impact on patients’ lives. I never thought I would be in management, let alone hospital administration, but I had a COO who helped me understand how I could utilize my leadership skills to make a much larger impact on the care we provide patients and at a much larger scale. I can’t think of a more rewarding profession to be in. My cup is filled up every day.

Why did you join ACHE and CAHL?

With the ever-changing pace of healthcare, it is important to connect and stay on the cutting edge. There are great educational programs, put on by the people in our own communities. We have such a wealth of experience and expertise in our own back yards to take advantage of. CAHL and ACHE also allows you to connect with people, who might not be in your circle of influence. In addition, it takes away some of the naturally competitive barriers that occur when we are focused on our own healthcare organizations. I have always felt that there is too much competition in healthcare and this can stifle our ability to provide the best quality care. It is important to me that my family, friends and community get the best healthcare, no matter what System or facility they go to, so working collaboratively to improve healthcare benefits us all. Being part of ACHE and CAHL is also a great way to give back and help others. I have always been fortunate to have great mentors who helped me achieve my successes. Through ACHE and CAHL, I am able to pay this forward to people who are early in their career.

What makes you diverse?

With the ever-changing pace of healthcare, it is important to connect and stay on the cutting edge. There are great educational programs, put on by the people in our own communities. We have such a wealth of experience and expertise in our own back yards to take advantage of. CAHL and ACHE also allows you to connect with people, who might not be in your circle of influence. In addition, it takes away some of the naturally competitive barriers that occur when we are focused on our own healthcare organizations. I have always felt that there is too much competition in healthcare and this can stifle our ability to provide the best quality care. It is important to me that my family, friends and community get the best healthcare, no matter what System or facility they go to, so working collaboratively to improve healthcare benefits us all. Being part of ACHE and CAHL is also a great way to give back and help others. I have always been fortunate to have great mentors who helped me achieve my successes. Through ACHE and CAHL, I am able to pay this forward to people who are early in their career.

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