Mission Hospital, part of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network of care, today announced that Tarek A. Salaway, MHA, MPH, MA, has been named Chief Operating Officer of Mission Hospital, one of seven not-for-profit hospitals operated by the health system.
In his new position, Salaway will be responsible for maximizing the operational performance of Mission Hospital’s campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach as well as its off-site locations, including inpatient and outpatient centers and associated services. He will play a key role in developing the hospital’s strategic direction and optimizing the market presence of the hospital in the Orange County region. Salaway will oversee a wide range of clinical and ancillary programs that are core to Mission Hospital, and he will also be responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for growth.
“The chief operating officer plays an extremely important executive role in the success of Mission Hospital. Having a proven leader like Tarek Salaway in that role fortifies our more than 40-year-old ministry and strengthens our ability to provide our communities with access to advanced, integrated care in the years to come,” said Richard Afable, MD, interim CEO of Mission Hospital and President and CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health, the Southern California region of St. Joseph Health. “St. Joseph Hoag Health, of which Mission Hospital is a vital part, is committed to transforming the delivery of care through innovations that foster ever higher quality, access, and efficiency,” Dr. Afable continued. “Mr. Salaway provides Mission Hospital with senior-level experience and talent to implement its goals in all aspects of our operations.”
“I am truly honored for the opportunity to join the Mission Hospital leadership team,” said Salaway. “Mission Hospital, like many hospitals in Southern California, operates in a changing and intensely competitive market. I look forward to developing our clinical programs and mobilizing our stakeholders to be best positioned to respond to the market and deliver high quality results for patients and their families.”
Salaway comes to Mission Hospital after serving as the chief operating officer at Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California (USC), which includes Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. His experience in the health care clinical operations and business management spans more than 20 years and includes progressively responsible leadership positions at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Providence Health & Services.
Salaway completed his Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree at the University of Washington. He earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, with an emphasis in epidemiology and health services, and his Master of Arts in international relations, at the University of Washington. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and French literature from the University of California, San Diego. Salaway, a native of Southern California, resides in Aliso Viejo.