UC Merced

UC Merced names head of Catholic Healthcare West as May commencement speaker

UC Merced said Lloyd H. Dean, president and CEO of the nation's eighth-largest hospital system, will deliver the keynote address at its May ommencement.

Dean has led Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) since 2000, helping turn the organization into one of the highest performing systems in the United States in just three years, the university said in a news release.

“Lloyd Dean is widely recognized in the community and in the healthcare industry as a leader with a strategic vision and a strong personal belief in public service,” UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang said. “He is an exemplary role model for our graduates — the leaders of tomorrow.”

Improving the health of the San Joaquin Valley and the state has been and will continue to be a major emphasis at UC Merced, the news release continued. The newest UC campus is already addressing a variety of health-related issues — from air and water quality research to studying health disparities to preparing the best and brightest students for rewarding careers in medicine in the traditionally underserved San Joaquin Valley.

Dean, the news release said, shares a similar passion to providing excellent healthcare, especially to the underserved. He played a major role in building Merced’s newly opened Mercy Medical Center, a much-needed community resource.

“The new facility is a precious resource for the citizens of Merced and the region,” Kang said, noting that UC Merced students are gaining hands-on experience volunteering in the Emergency Services Department at the hospital.

Dean has been recognized for his leadership abilities by state and national organizations — he was named one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; and one of the Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He also has been honored for his public service by the Bay Area chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

In 2004, Dean was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth. He also chairs the Bay Area Council’s Healthcare Committee, sits on the boards of Wells Fargo & Company and Mercy Housing Inc. and is the chair-elect of the Catholic Health Association of the U.S. He received the Partners in Care 2007 Mathies Award for Vision and Excellence in Healthcare Leadership.CHW operates 41 acute-care hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada, as well as medical clinics, home health organizations, health plans and medical practice. The company has $11 billion in assets and employs about 55,000 staff and 10,000 physicians.

Every year, the Chancellor's Cabinet is responsible for selecting and inviting the commencement keynote speaker. In addition, a graduation committee of students meets to plan end-of-the year activities and to select the class gift and student speaker.