City of Hope has announced the appointment of Annette Walker as CEO for its new cancer research and treatment center in Orange County. Walker will lead the development of a $200-million best-in-class facility planned for Irvine and will guide the expansion of City of Hope throughout the region.
Robert Stone, president and CEO of City of Hope, said of Walker: “She shares City of Hope’s vision to provide tomorrow’s discoveries to the people who need them today. She knows the value of bringing technologically advanced care, physician expertise, and clinical research closer to patients, families and local employers.”
Walker served as president of strategy for Providence St. Joseph Health and chief executive of St. Joseph Health. During her 13-year tenure she led many initiatives including the introduction Wellness Corners which now bring more convenient healthcare services into the communities where people live and work.
Rod Hochman, president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph, called Walker a “gifted strategist” that strengthened Catholic health care.