Hospital names interim CEO

The current Chief Financial Officer, Timothy J. Noakes, has been named interim chief executive officer of Sonoma Valley Hospital, succeeding outgoing CEO Carl Gerlach, who has announced that he will step down June 30.

Noakes’ appointment is effective July 1. He will hold both posts until a permanent CEO is in place in approximately three months, according to Bill Boerum, hospital board chair

“Given Tim Noakes’ excellent performance as since his hire last year, he has demonstrated he can fulfill the full scope of chief executive responsibilities on an interim basis,” Boerum said. “The board wishes Tim well in these added responsibilities.”

A search for a new CEO is being led by executive recruiter Don Whiteside of HFS Consultants, in Oakland.

Gerlach announced his resignation in January, saying that by the end of June, having completed the financial “turn-around,” with a new business plan in place, the major facilities upgrade decisions made and the team assembled and underway, he would be returning to his consulting career.

Noakes’ dual role is consistent with previous board actions in which the chief financial officer served as interim chief executive when a vacancy occurred in the top position.


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