Executive vice president and chief executive of Providence Health & Services’ Southern California Region
The former chief executive for Tenet Healthcare’s Northeast Region, Wexler came to Providence in May 2016 to lead what is one of the Southland’s largest health care systems.
Wexler leads a regional organization anchored by six-award winning hospitals, numerous outpatient centers and programs, two large physician groups and Providence High School. The region is anchored by Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Holy Cross and Providence Tarzana medical centers, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro.
His goals include advancing the use of technology within Providence to continuously improve access to quality, affordable patient-centered health care. Emerging technology ranges from an expanding menu of user-friendly patient access to health information and health care options to leading-edge diagnostics and treatment tools contribute to better patient outcomes.
In announcing Wexler as chief executive of Providence Southern California, Mike Butler, president of operations and services for Providence, said:
“Though we had many excellent candidates, Erik was the clear choice because of his experience serving large, diverse and dynamic communities and leading organizations toward the future of health care. He also is known for building strong relationships with employees, physicians, the community and other key audiences,” Butler said. “We are committed to serving more people in Southern California, especially the poor and vulnerable, and Erik’s leadership style and experience are just what we need to lead this effort on behalf of our Los Angeles communities.”
Wexler spent five years with Tenet, most recently as chief executive for Tenet’s Northeast Region where he oversaw operations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The region includes two academic medical centers, two tertiary care teaching hospitals, five community acute care hospitals, two health plans, 16 residency programs, more than 12,000 employees, more than 700 employed physicians and $2.2 billion in net revenue.
Seeking a return to the nonprofit, mission-driven health care sector, Wexler now oversees a region with a robust community benefit outreach program that partners with community organizations to provide physical and social services to those in need.
"I am truly delighted and honored to join Providence Southern California,” Wexler said when he accepted the role as regional chief executive. “Everyone I have met with Providence – from caregivers and leaders to physicians and directors – has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to delivering the very best in health and wellness, especially to the poor and vulnerable. I look forward to working alongside of my new colleagues to further our Mission and build relationships in the community."
Providence Southern California has approximately 13,000 employees - called caregivers - and more than 3,500 physicians on staff. Providence provides comprehensive quality and compassionate care from pre-natal to end of life, offering specialties including cardiology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care, women’s services, pediatrics, emergency and trauma care, among others. In 2015, Providence Southern California contributed $169 million in charity care and community programs to serve vulnerable populations.
Before joining Tenet, Wexler worked for Vanguard Health Systems, and prior to that was senior vice president of LifeBridge Health System and president of its Northwest Hospital. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s in business administration from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Wexler and his wife Stephanie are outdoor enthusiasts and live in the South Bay.