NEWS | April 7, 2021

Brad Simmons named Chief Administrator UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health – Hospital Division


Brad Simmons has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Administrator, UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health Hospital Division, effective immediately.  

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This position is the senior most administrator for the UC Davis Medical Center, replacing the prior position of CEO of the hospital, which has been eliminated. The position’s responsibilities include: all inpatient care for UC Davis Health which includes UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis Children's Hospital, and involves operational, logistical, and patient-support services, nursing and medical staff clinical operations, overseeing UC Davis Health's level 1 trauma and emergency services, surgery and post-operative care services, facility operations, and supply chain management.

The role reports to David Lubarsky, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Health, and works closely with Mike Condrin, Chief Operating Officer, Ambulatory Care for UC Davis Health, who is responsible for all of UC Davis Health’s outpatient care.  

Simmons joined UC Davis Medical Center in 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer, and in 2019 he was named Interim CEO of the Medical Center. Under his leadership, the Medical Center has become one of the top 50 U.S. hospitals for adults and children, one of the top hospitals in California, and the number one hospital in Sacramento, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Under his leadership, the hospital has also received Magnet recognition, which is the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence, Best Maternity from Newsweek, 4-stars for quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a Center of Excellence Award from the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology during Simmon’s tenure.

Prior to joining UC Davis Health, Simmons served as the chief operating officer of Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, a nationally recognized Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award recipient. He previously served as senior vice president of Medicine, Surgical & Emergency Trauma Services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas.   

Lubarsky said, “Under his tenure as the interim CEO, UC Davis achieved its first four star CMO hospital ranking, and its inpatient quality scores were ranked in the top 10%, and Newsweek ranked us the highest ever as the 27th best hospital in the U.S., joining with U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s ranking us among the nation’s best. As we embark on building the hospital of the future in our new tower, and build and partner with other inpatient facilities, his incredible capability will be focused on this larger role to the benefit of all our patients.”

Simmons will also serve as part of the Governing Board for the UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital, which will be a second licensed inpatient hospital on the Sacramento Campus of UC Davis.  That hospital is expected to open to patients in mid-2023. 

Simmons holds a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Insurance, Risk Management, and a board certification in health care management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), which signifies expertise, experience, and commitment to continuing education and professional development.