Paul Schofield sheds interim title, named permanent chief executive officer of Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation
VISALIA – The Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation, which operates the medical offices staffed by physicians from Visalia Medical Clinic, has a new chief executive officer. Fortunately he won’t have much of a learning curve as he’ll simply be shedding the interim part of his title.
After an extensive national search, Paul Schofield, a healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, accepted the position in late May. He has served the Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation in the interim CEO position since February.
“I have had success in handling challenges that are similar to those we face here, so I am ready for the road ahead,” said Schofield, who prior to coming to Visalia completed 12 years as CEO of Ogden Clinic, an independent physician-owned, multi-specialty group practice in northern Utah, operating 16 clinics, with 136 providers.
Schofield is no stranger to California or the Central Valley. His 30 years of experience includes serving as Vice President of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital in San Luis Obispo. He has also worked at medical centers in Fairfield, Modesto and San Jose. Schofield has a Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brigham Young University.
“One of the main reasons I was interested and came here is because early on I had heard about Kaweah Delta,” he said. “I had heard of its great reputation back then as this jewel in the valley that had strong ties to the community, a strong commitment to excellence and a history of supporting itself financially. Kaweah Delta has been able to stay not for profit and that has been a blessing for this community.”
In an effort to recruit more physicians, Kaweah Delta partnered with Visalia Medical Group, the physician-owned medical group to form the Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation in 2015. The Foundation now owns and operates the clinic, employing all staff. The 42 physicians, who make up Visalia Medical Clinic, the physician-owned medical group, provide patient care.
“This partnership is an opportunity for our community. It’s a vehicle for the hospital and a medical group to work together to provide coordinated services to patients in a cost effective way,” said Schofield, who noted that in the next year, another eight physicians are under contract to join the group, with more additions likely.