Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center CEO retiring
March 26, 2013
Candace “Candy” Markwith announced on Monday her plan to retire as Chief Executive Officer at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center effective September 15. She has been at Sierra Vista, the City’s largest private employer, since March 2005.
“Candy Markwith has been the major force behind the developments that have allowed Sierra Vista to be so successful in recent years,” said Jeff Koury, senior vice president of operations for Tenet’s California region. “Her leadership and vision has shaped Sierra Vista’s award-winning quality programs and provided the community with an outstanding medical institution.”
Markwith, a pharmacist by training with more than 35 years with Tenet and its predecessor companies, started her career as a weekend shift pharmacist at Twin Cities Community Hospital and quickly rose to leadership positions, eventually spending seven years as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer.
During her tenure at Sierra Vista the hospital has earned numerous quality and service designations and awards including becoming San Luis Obispo County’s first-ever officially designated Trauma Center, Joint Commission accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center and for Congestive Heart Failure, Gold Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association, Cigna Centers of Excellence, Blue Distinction Awards from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health Premium Specialty Center Designations and recognition as a High Performing Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals in America edition.
On a personal level, Markwith earned awards and honors that included among others Top 50 Women in Business for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County and the Susan Dressler Women in Administrative Leadership Award from Cuesta College. She is a fourth generation native of San Luis Obispo County and a Paso Robles High School graduate.
An executive search is currently underway for a new CEO who will continue to strengthen the hospital’s relationship with the community and further its reputation as a trusted, high-quality provider.