Leadership

ROBERT ALLEN

ROBERT ALLEN

Chief Executive Officer

Robert Allen currently serves as the Global Group CEO at CHA Health Systems-Overseeing CHA U.S. and global operations, and CEO of CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Allen rejoined CHS during a period of growth and development as the company embarks on its more than $400 million master plan expansion of the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center campus. Part of this expansion will include the construction of a new 176,000 square foot, 562-space parking structure and a new five-story patient tower anchored by a new Emergency Department. Allen is responsible for overseeing the growth and synthesis of global healthcare and bio-tech assets, including CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and CHA Fertility Clinics in the U.S. to achieve strategic objectives.

Allen has more than 25 years of executive level experience in both the for-profit and not-forprofit healthcare sectors throughout Southern California. He possesses an extensive background in healthcare, including financial expertise as well as a deep knowledge in hospital operations, service line development, cost management systems, and contracting and government reimbursement programs. He has orchestrated several hospital turnarounds and has successfully entered the risk side of the business by engaging in capitation pools at multiple hospitals.

Prior to joining CHA Health Systems, Bob served as CFO of a large academic medical center where he orchestrated a $70 million turn-around. He has also held executive financial leadership roles at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital, Granada Hills Hospital, the former Verdugo Hills Hospital and within Dignity Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Robert Allen

Chief Executive Officer

ANGELIE GAWECO

ANGELIE GAWECO

Chief Financial Officer

Angelie Gaweco is the Chief Financial Officer of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC). Angelie joined HPMC in June 2018 and oversees all of the fiscal areas of the hospital

Angelie brings strong finance, operations, audit, and leadership skills with over 19 years of experience in Big 4 and high-growth industries. In her prior role as the Associate CFO for Keck Medical Center of USC, Angelie has a proven track record achieving cost optimization, savings and revenue improvements and accomplishing hospital financial turnaround and growth. At Ernst and Young, Angelie managed large scale advisory engagements including internal audit, risk transformation, strategy, program management, and fraud investigations for various clients in the financial services, consumer products, and healthcare sectors.

Angelie is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified fraud examiner (CFE). She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, double major in Accounting and Economics and is currently working on an MBA from the UCLA Global Executive Program.

Angelie Gaweco

Chief Financial Officer

HAROLD NEWTON

HAROLD NEWTON

Vice President, Operations

Harold Newton is the Vice President of Operations at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (CHA HPMC). He has over 35 years of experience in healthcare and has extensive knowledge of regulatory requirements and compliance with all governing agencies including, California Department of Public Health, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Joint Commission, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Prior to joining CHA HPMC, Harold served in numerous roles, including an executive sponsor of many capital projects, including Cardio-thoracic operating suites, cardiac catheterization laboratories, emergency department expansions, locked psychiatric units, and seismic retrofitting. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor at the Thomas Long School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific.
Harold is a registered pharmacist and holds Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Science in Healthcare Administration.

Harold Newton

Vice President, Operations

IRENE RUIZ

IRENE RUIZ

Vice President of Human Resources

Irene Ruiz serves as the Vice President of Human Resources at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (CHA HPMC). With over 30 years of HR experience in regulated and unionized environments, Irene is responsible for talent acquisition, succession planning, performance and compensation programs, training and development, change management, labor and employee relations, disability management, licensure and HR compliance as well as benefit administration.

Prior to joining CHA HPMC, Irene served as the Director of Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente, focusing on innovative ways to engage employees, as well as establishing the culture, systems and training to develop leaders.

Irene received her Bachelor of Science in Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources and State of California Self-Insured Certification in Workers Compensation Administration.

Irene Ruiz

Vice President of Human Resources

JAMIE CHANG

JAMIE CHANG

Chief Clinical Operations Officer

Jamie Chang, MD, MBA, FACEP, is an Emergency Medicine Physician and clinical operations consultant who serves as the Chief Clinical Operations Officer at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (CHA HPMC). In his role at CHA HPMC, Dr. Chang oversees all aspects of clinical operations throughout the medical center. He has led efforts to improve quality of care by redesigning patient flow in the Emergency Department, setting up post-discharge services to support patient recovery, establishing daily ICU multidisciplinary rounds, and expediting care for patients suffering from a heart attack.

Dr. Chang previously worked as a management consultant for McKinsey and Company, where his work focused on clinical operations improvement for health systems domestically and abroad. He has also worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva on the Global Health Workforce Alliance, and for the LA County Department of Health Services on driving patient-care improvements in the Emergency Department. During his clinical training at Stanford, he worked with the hospital’s performance excellence team and also led international trips to deliver efficient triage systems in resource-poor settings.
Dr. Chang graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in economics, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and continues to see patients in the Emergency Department.

Jamie Chang

Chief Clinical Operations Officer

JILL JACOBS PLESH

JILL JACOBS PLESH

Vice President and Compliance

Jill Plesh serves as the Vice President of Risk and Compliance. She is responsible for planning, coordination, and oversight of activities to mitigate risk and promote effective compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Jill’s primary goals are to instill a culture of integrity and patient safety and to foster a work environment where employees and physicians do the right thing to protect patients, employees, and the community that CHA HPMC serves.

Before joining CHA HPMC, Jill served as the Chief Legal Officer at Citrus Valley Health Partners, starting its first in-house legal department. Prior, Jill was an attorney with the firm Thomas, Donahue, Thomas & Hurevitz where she defended hospitals, physicians, and employers. Jill previously held risk management roles at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Chubb Insurance, and Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Jill received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University, Juris Doctor from Glendale University College of Law, and Master of Health Administration from University of Southern California. Jill is also certified in healthcare compliance. Jill is a member of the California State Bar, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, American Health Lawyers Association, and Health Care Compliance Association.

Jill Jocobs Plesh

Vice President,
Rish and Compliance

Joung H. Lee, M.D.

Joung H. Lee, M.D.

Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Director of Neuroscience Institute

Joung H. Lee, M.D., is the Chief Administrative Officer and co-director of Neuroscience Institute at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.

An internationally renowned authority in the subspecialty of skull base surgery, Dr. Lee established one of the world’s largest skull base surgery programs at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as Professor and the Founding Director of the clinic’s Skull Base Surgery Center from July 1993 to March 2014.

During his vast experience spanning over 4000 complex cranial surgery cases, he has pioneered many innovative surgical techniques which are currently used by neurosurgeons throughout the world. Dr. Lee has been recognized since 2005 as one of the “Best Doctors in America”, and has been a recipient of the “Patient’s Choice Award” for over 10 years. He has also authored more than 100 publications and edited two books, including a comprehensive textbook on meningioma (Springer-Verlag, 2008, 616 pages).

In the last 20 years, in addition to training Cleveland Clinic neurosurgery residents, he has trained over 24 research and clinical fellows in skull base surgery. Dr. Lee was a recipient of several research fellowships and awards and has been invited as a visiting professor at over 20 national and international institutions.

Dr. Lee received his medical degree from University of Southern California, and completed his neurosurgery residency at University of Virginia.

Joung H. Lee, M.D.

Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Director of Neuroscience Institute