Edward F. Littlejohn joins Meridian as the companies Chief Operating Officer

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Edward F. Littlejohn joins Meridian Behavioral Health Systems as the companies Chief Operating Officer.

Edward comes to Meridian from Fountain Valley Regional, a 400-bed acute care facility, and is part of Tenet Healthcare Corp. and among the largest hospitals in Orange County.  It ranked No. 9 on the Business Journal list of the largest hospitals and generating more than $400 million in net revenue for 2016 with about 1,600 employees. Edward was responsible for day-to-day operations to ensure the continued growth of the hospital's award-winning, highly accredited services and strengthening the facility's mission, standards and values.  Fountain Valley Regional also made the list of the “best hospitals” in California compiled by U.S. News & World Report, ranking No. 42 in the state and No. 22 in the Los Angeles metro area.

Edward previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, leading its health plan and hospital operations.  Edward was responsible for developing a North County integrated delivery system for Kaiser San Diego to include physician integration, hospital contracts, 10 non-Kaiser hospital surgical contracts, north county membership growth (Medicare & Commercial), marketing, 7 north county Medical Office Buildings, surgical services for the service area, and managing a $450 million out of network medical utilization budget. San Diego is Kaiser's Largest service area in Kaiser Permanente's program, serving over 520,000 members, 8300+ staff and physicians, a 414 bed hospital, 22 Medical Office Buildings generating annual revenue of $3 Billion.

Earlier in his career, Edward was the Chief Operating Officer for John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, VA, a 147-bed community hospital owned and operated by HCA (Hospital Corporation of America). During his tenure he served as the interim CEO, developed an urgent care center, established a Hospitalist Program, and launched an Ambulatory Surgery Center joint venture with local physicians.

Edward holds a master of public health degree in health policy and management from Columbia University in New York and a bachelor's degree in health care administration from California State University, Northridge. A native Californian, Edward enjoys traveling, playing golf and spending time with his wife, son and daughter Monica, Eddie and Kennedy.

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