January 31, 2013  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science announces Marvin O’Quinn as new Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Dignity Health elected as CDU Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Los Angeles, Calif.—Dignity Health Senior Executive Vice President and COO Marvin O’Quinn has been elected to Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). His appointment was announced at the CDU Board of Trustees meeting on December 3, 2013 and was effective on January 1, 2013.

“Mr. O’Quinn is a true leader in the healthcare industry focused on delivering quality health care services with compassion and excellence,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of CDU. “I look forward to collaborating with him to strategically foster educational initiatives and programs to best serve CDU students, staff and faculty.”

O’Quinn, who joined the CDU Board in September 2010, is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Dignity Health. He is responsible for all operations in all of Dignity Health’s markets and for integrated process management and ambulatory operations. Since he joined Dignity Health in 2009, his responsibilities have grown substantially, including an organizational restructuring of operations leadership. Overall, O’Quinn has improved accountability and oversight of the organization’s operations.

O’Quinn directs Dignity Health’s Transformational Care initiative, an integrated approach to process improvement that uses Lean tools and techniques. Since Dignity Health began the program in July 2009, the organization has achieved cumulative savings of $160 million. As a result of the initiative, Dignity Health institutions have seen 20% improvements in the emergency department throughout, co-pay collections, operating room start times, and accuracy of patient placement.

“I am honored to accept this appointment,” said O’Quinn. “With the enthusiasm of Dr. Carlisle, as well as the dedication of our Board of Trustees, I believe CDU is well positioned to advance its educational and research objectives and enhance its position in the Los Angeles health care community. I look forward to defining and guiding our innovative efforts.”

Prior to joining Dignity Health, O’Quinn served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic Health System in Florham Park, New Jersey, and held executive positions with New York Presbyterian Health System, Providence Medical Center, and Providence Milwaukee Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  Additionally, he has held key positions with other hospital and medical centers in Portland, Fresno, and Seattle.

O’Quinn received his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington.

He will lead a talented Board, which includes CEOs of some of the state’s leading hospitals and health care organizations, as well as faculty and administrators from top universities. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of CDU, with duties to operate, manage, and maintain the University.


For more information, please contact:
  Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Jessica Gelzer
323.892.2080 or 818.399.4088




About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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