Former COO becomes new president at Memorial Hospital

Kenneth Keller has been named as the new president and CEO of Memorial Hospital. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Dignity Health named Kenneth Keller as the new president/CEO for Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.

Keller replaces Jon Van Boening, who accepted a position with Memorial’s parent company, Dignity Health as president and senior vice president of operations for central California.

“The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is the new opportunities that are going to continue,” Keller said.

Keller joined Memorial Hospital as COO three and a half years ago. He serves on the boards of the American Heart Association and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Bakersfield.

“Healthcare is ever changing, so we can’t stay still,” he said. “We have to be thinking about what is the next thing and what do we need to do to be prepared for and ready for that next thing.”

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