Christopher Van Gorder, FACHE
As president/CEO of Scripps Health since 2000, Chris Van Gorder has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation’s foremost healthcare institutions. Mr. Van Gorder received his master’s degree in public administration/health services administration at the University of Southern California, completed the Wharton System CEO Program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles.
In 2006, California’s governor appointed Mr. Van Gorder to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services, where he served two terms. He also is a Past Chairman (2010) of ACHE. His rise to healthcare executive has been unconventional. His journey began as a hospital patient, when as a police officer he was critically injured during a family dispute call. After a lengthy recovery, Mr. Van Gorder continued his education in healthcare management and rose to levels of increased responsibility. Today, he continues to serve the public as reserve assistant sheriff for San Diego County. He was part of medical history following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, asked a Scripps medical unit to staff a clinic for hurricane survivors. The Scripps Medical Response Team has since provided medical support following other disasters, including the 2007 San Diego County wildfires; the 2010 earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti; the 2015 earthquake in Nepal; and the 2018 “Camp” fire in Paradise, Calif. Mr. Van Gorder is a past recipient of the ACHE Gold Medal Award—ACHE’s highest honor. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.