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I N T E RV I E W Passion for Excellence In February 2016, Johnese Spisso, MPA, took the reins as president of UCLA Health and CEO of UCLA Hospital System. She came to UCLA with more than 30 years of experience as a leader in academic healthcare. At University of Washington Medicine, she spent 22 years in progressive leadership positions, with the past eight years serving in the top role as chief health system officer and vice president for medical affairs. There, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and helped to lead development of an accountable care network in the region. Trained as a nurse, with a master’s degree in healthcare administration, Spisso rose through the ranks at UC Davis Medical Center, where she worked for 12 years, to direct critical care; trauma, burn and emergency services; and the Life Flight Air-Medical Program. She spoke about the direction for UCLA Health in the future. Johnese Spisso, MPA UCLAHEALTH.ORG 1-800-UCLA-MD1 (1-800-825-2631)