Kenneth D. McFarland

In 2011, Kenneth D. McFarland was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Hospital, a not-for-profit combined 509-bed tertiary medical facility with campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach. Mission Hospital Mission Viejo is Orange County’s only regional trauma center and, through a unique partnership with CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, is the only designated pediatric healthcare center in south Orange County. Mission Hospital Laguna Beach (formerly South Coast Medical Center) provides 24/7 emergency, intensive and surgical care, as well as behavioral health services and chemical dependency treatment programs. Mr. McFarland is directly responsible for providing leadership, strategy, accountability, community relations, coordination, as well as, communication consistent with the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

Under Mr. McFarland’s leadership, Mission Hospital earned Magnet® recognition, for the first time, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, among many other demonstrations of excellence, including, the Gold Beacon Award for Cardiology, Baby Friendly, Orange County Best Workplace, and full accreditation by The Joint Commission. In addition, Mr. McFarland helped to orchestrate the successful affiliation and integration of the Mission Internal Medical Group (71 physicians supporting 11 specialties) to St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. Mr. McFarland’s oversight ensures Mission Hospital continues to consistently provide more than $40 million in charity care annually; and, to continue receiving philanthropic support from our Community. During his tenure, Mission Hospital received the largest donation in the Ministry’s history.

Mr. McFarland joined Mission Hospital as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1998, bringing more than 14 years of financial and business related experience to the hospital. In that role, he managed all aspects of Mission Hospital’s financial, budgetary and accounting functions across both campuses, Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach. He was also responsible for overseeing all aspects of the acquisition of South Coast Medical Center, the Hospital’s Revenue Cycle, Information Technology, Clinical Informatics, Patient Access, Care Management, Supply Chain & Materials Management, Health Information Services, Property Management and all Hospital Joint Ventures & their related operations and financial performance.

Mr. McFarland currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mission Hospital and the Camino Health Center (a fully licensed Federally Qualified Health Center that provides affordable, quality primary medical and dental care.) In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Hospital’s Foundation (Department of Philanthropy). As well, he chairs the Emergency Medical Services Committee for the Hospital Association of Southern California. He is also an active member of the community, previously serving on the boards of StoneyBrooke Christian Schools and the San Clemente Little League.

Mr. McFarland earned an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, a Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Certified Public Accountant in both California and Hawaii. He lives in San Clemente with his wife, Kristine, and his two children.