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Russell Judd, Chief Executive Officer

Russell Judd

Kern Medical Chief Executive Officer Russell Judd assumed the health care system’s top leadership post in December 2013, in a return to Kern Medical after serving as an administrator in 1991-96. As CEO Judd is responsible for all aspects of the 222-bed public hospital, with its six accredited residency programs with more than 200 medical student rotations. (Read More)


Scott Thygerson, President, Hospital and Clinic Operations

Scott Thygerson

Kern Medical President, Hospital and Clinic Operations Scott Thygerson has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and consultant in health care strategic planning, operations, business development, and marketing. (Read More)


Andrew Cantu, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Cantu

Chief Financial Officer Andrew Cantu provides financial and strategic leadership for Kern Medical and manages all financial aspects of the 222-bed facility with a net operating revenue of $327 million. He manages the full spectrum of the revenue cycle, including finance, outpatient clinics, financial counseling and information systems. (Read More)


Glenn Goldis, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Officer

Glen Goldis

As CMO of Kern Medical, Dr. Goldis provides clinical oversight of all department chairs, inpatient and outpatient pharmacy operations, case management, overall health care quality, and performance metrics. His expertise ranges from outpatient program development, hospital operations, and Electronic Health Record implementation. (Read More)


Tyler Whitezell, CPA, Chief Operating Officer

Tyler Whitezell

Tyler Whitezell is an accomplished healthcare executive with extensive experience implementing programs, expanding services and driving operational improvements. As Kern Medical’s Chief Operating Officer, Tyler Whitezell provides operational leadership to quality and ancillary departments within the hospital and clinics. (Read More)


Antoinette C. “Toni” Smith, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer

Toni Smith

As Kern Medical Chief Nursing Officer, Toni Smith is responsible for the full range of nursing services, including those for inpatient and maternal child units, ancillary and outpatient, and the diagnostic treatment center. She is in charge of nursing efforts for respiratory therapy, laboratory and radiology, and organizational policies. (Read More)


Renee Villanueva, Vice President Ambulatory Care

Renee Villanueva

Renee Villanueva, Kern Medical Vice President of Ambulatory Care Services, has over 25 years of experience in multispecialty practice management, with expertise in managed care organizations, IPAs, and hospital-based outpatient clinics. (Read More)


Lisa Hockersmith, CCP, PHR, Vice President, Human Resources

Lisa Hockersmith

Kern Medical Vice President Lisa Hockersmith provides strategic oversight of Human Resources. She develops and implements strategies and programs to attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce for delivering top-quality patient care to Kern County residents. (Read More)


Rey Lopez, Chief Information Officer

Rey Lopez