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Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital Names New VP of Operations

Joanne Laguna-Kennedy, MSN, RN, CENP, is New Vice President of Hospital Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, Responsible for Day-to-Day Operations

Joanne Laguna-Kennedy, MSN, RN, CENP, has been appointed vice president of Hospital Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. Prior to the new position, Laguna-Kennedy served as an executive director of Nursing at Cedars-Sinai with a broad portfolio of responsibilities.

“Joanne is a seasoned and highly respected executive leader who has served in multiple nursing roles inside Cedars-Sinai and in other healthcare organizations for nearly two decades,” said Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, chief operating officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and chief executive officer at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. “Those who have worked with Joanne know her as an effective communicator and collaborative partner, someone who takes pride in assembling teams to improve the delivery of care and the satisfaction of our patients.

Laguna-Kennedy brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in clinical care, operations, licensing, accreditation and regulatory requirements. She will build on an already strong foundation at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, where leadership and staff have shown consistent and measurable progress in care quality and financial performance.

“After eight years with Cedars-Sinai, I am overjoyed to take on this expanded responsibility and further advance the incredible mission and vision of Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital,” said Laguna-Kennedy.

Prior to Cedars-Sinai, Laguna-Kennedy served as Director of the Neurosurgery/Stroke/Medical Unit for North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. She also worked as a public health nurse for the Iron County Health Department in Hurley, Wisconsin, and as a sexual assault nurse examiner for the Domestic Violence Escape Program in Ironwood, Michigan.