Mann on a Mission
visalia – The man who has led Kaweah Delta through its largest physical, medical and educational expansion in the hospital district’s 50-year history is now the Mann on a mission.
After 36 years of service in various capacities at Kaweah Delta, including over 16 years as Chief Executive Officer, Lindsay Mann has been called to a new kind of service from the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). Mann and his wife Lesa Mann will serve as the Mission President and his companion, respectively, to preside over the church’s Mexico City South East Mission.
In a recent email, Mann said that “It is a tremendous responsibility to lead, care for, protect, and inspire the very best in these missionaries who will dedicate between 18 to 24 months of their lives in service to God and their fellow man.”
The Manns will begin their roles on July 1, 2017 for a three-year period of time. In his capacity as a Mission President, Mann will organize and direct the missionary efforts of between 150 and 200 LDS missionaries, the majority of whom are young men and woman but will also include senior couples serving in humanitarian, educational, and leadership development roles.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as Kaweah Delta’s CEO and to have been involved in developing a health care system that is truly remarkable relative to the breadth and caliber of services which we offer,” Mann said.
Mann began with the hospital in 1981 and watched it grow from a community hospital to a regional medical center, where half of its patients come from outside of the Kaweah Delta Health Care District boundaries. He has also seen the hospital undergo a physical transformation. He was with the hospital in 1987 when it completed its intensive care unit, an eastern expansion in 1993 and was CEO when the hospital completed its largest expansion ever in 2009 with the Acequia Wing. During Mann’s time as CEO Kaweah Delta has become the only Level III Trauma Center between Fresno and Bakersfield and dedicated one of the most cutting edge simulation labs in California, after changing its name from Kaweah Delta Hospital to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Last year the hospital saw its first class of graduates from the Graduate Medical Education residency program, which is the first step in recruiting doctors to an area designated a Health Professional Shortage Area by the U.S. Department of Health.
“Our strength comes from the fact that we are never satisfied with our current levels of performance. We are always striving to improve and have achieved a culture which is committed to striving for excellence. We are, indeed, on an ascendant trajectory of constant improvement,” Mann said.
He was also with the hospital district for the opening of its Cancer Center in 1990, Cypress Rehabilitation in 1994, Lifestyles fitness center in 1996, its first Rural Health Clinic in Exeter in 1998 and launch its first of two Sequoia Prompt Care clinics in 2010.
Carl Anderson, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Kaweah Delta said, “On behalf of the Board, I can state unequivocally that Lindsay’s vision, hard work, and dedication to working with our medical staff and hospital staff have produced truly outstanding results over his many years of service. Today we have a wide range of tremendously valuable health care services in this area which would not have been developed but for the collaborative efforts of Lindsay, the medical staff, the Executive Team, other hospital leaders, our hospital staff and the Board. Because of our confidence in and appreciation of Lindsay, the Board voted unanimously at its last regular meeting to approve a new contract which would have extended his term as CEO of Kaweah Delta for an additional three years. Now, due to unforeseen circumstances, those three years will be committed to another form of service. And so, we commend him for his accomplishments; we support him in his decision; and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
Kaweah Delta’s Board of Directors decided on Dec. 19 that it will conduct both an internal and external search for Kaweah Delta’s new Chief Executive Officer. The CEO selection process which will take place in the near future prior to Mann’s departure. Mann said he will likely conclude his role as CEO on or about March 31, 2017. This will provide adequate time for his successor to prepare for and assume the role of CEO and for Mann to prepare for his new leadership responsibilities in Mexico City.
“I have every confidence that Kaweah Delta’s Board of Directors will make an outstanding decision relative to selection of our future CEO,” Mann said. “Kaweah Delta certainly has a very bright future ahead.”