Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP Chairman of the Board
Dr. Prem Reddy completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular
Disease at the Down State Medical Center, S.U.N.Y. in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1981, he moved to California and established his medical practice in
the High Desert area of Southern California. Dr. Reddy is double Board-Certified
in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He was awarded the honor of becoming
a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology ("FACC") and
a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians ("FCCP").
During his 25 years of practice in the High Desert, he was committed to
the service of his patients and performed more than 5,000 cardiac procedures,
including coronary angiography and angioplasty and permanent pacemaker
In 2014, he was named one of the "50 Most Influential Physician Executives"
in Health Care by Modern Healthcare magazine. This was the fourth time
in six years he received this recognition. He was also named one of the
"25 Top Minority Executives" in the nation in 2014 by Modern
Healthcare magazine, for the third time.
In 1994, Dr. Reddy built from the ground up an 83-bed acute care hospital,
Desert Valley Hospital, (now expanded to 148 beds) in Victorville, California. Desert Valley
Hospital received coveted accreditation with "commendation"
in its first year of operation for the high quality of its services and
continues to lead all hospitals in the area with the highest survey scores.
After selling a previous company, which included Desert Valley Hospital,
Dr. Reddy founded
Prime Healthcare Services ("PHS"), Inc. In 2001, Dr. Reddy repurchased the-then failing
Desert Valley Hospital and the Desert Valley Medical Group and turned
them back into successful entities that were once again able to serve
the community and provide the highest quality of care.
Among the many accolades, Prime Healthcare Services was recognized as one
of the “Top 15” Health Systems in the nation in 2013 by Truven
Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. This was the third time in
five years Prime has been recognized. In 2014, eight Prime Healthcare
hospitals were ranked among the “100 Hospitals” in the nation.
Prime Healthcare hospitals have been recognized for this award 27 times
since 2003. In addition, eleven Prime Healthcare hospitals in 2013earned
national recognition as "Top Performers in Key Quality Measures"
from The Joint Commission, the leading Medicare accreditation organization
in the country.
In 2012, Dr. Reddy was honored with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater
San Diego Golden Achievement Award. In 2013, he was also named as one
of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Health Care by Modern
Healthcare magazine. This was the third time in five years he received
Throughout his career, Dr. Prem Reddy has been committed to serving the
communities in which he works. In 1989, he established the Dr.
Prem Reddy Family Foundation a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization with an initial gift
of $1 million. Since that time, he has contributed over $20 million dollars
to the Foundation. The Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation serves the health
care needs of the High Desert communities in many ways, including a free
public health library, a scholarship program for students in the health
care field, and the support of other health care related charities. The
Victor Valley Community College named their student health clinic, "Dr.
Prem Reddy Student and Staff Health Center" and its allied health
program, the "Dr. Prem Reddy School of Health Sciences," in
honor of his $1 million donation to the program. The Western University
of Health Science in Pomona, California, named its largest lecture hall
the "Dr. Prem Reddy Lecture Hall," in honor of his many contributions
to education in the health care field.
Dr. Reddy also founded the
Prime Healthcare Services Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit public charity, in 2006. The foundation owns six
non-profit hospitals: Encino Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach
Hospital, Knapp Medical Center, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Pampa
Regional Medical Center and Sherman Oaks Hospital. Each of these hospitals
was donated to the foundation with no debt and are considered community assets.
Luis Leon, PA-C
Luis Leon, PA-C, serves as President of Operations II of Prime Healthcare
Services. Previously, he was the Regional CEO-San Diego, overseeing Alvarado
Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital. During his tenure at Paradise Valley,
he was instrumental in bringing stability to the hospital and then allowing
it to thrive. In 2012, the hospital was nationally recognized as a "Top
Performing Hospital" by The Joint Commission.
Luis did his general studies at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.
He went on to earn a certificate as a Physician Assistant from University
of California, Davis; and an Associate’s Degree in X-ray technology
from Loma Linda University.
Luis is Chairman of the Board for 2013 of the California Hospital Association
of San Diego and Imperial Counties, member of the Executive Committee
for CHA, and maintains memberships with the California Association of
Physicians Assistants, the National Association of Physicians Assistants
and the California Association of Radiologic Technologists as well as
the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies.
He is a native of Cuba, and he and his family emigrated to the United States
early in his life. Luis currently resides in Riverside, California with
his wife Loyda and their two sons. Both Luis and Loyda are the children
of ministers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which has a long tradition
of health care service. It is that heritage of service that fuels Luis’
passion for the practice of medicine.
Neerav Jadeja, Administrator for Paradise Valley Hospital, began his career
at Shands Healthcare, which is affiliated with the University of Florida.
He spent six years in the Shands Healthcare system, starting as an Administrative
Resident and working his way up as the Chief Operating Officer at Shands
LakeShore before leaving in 2008. From there he went to Southwest Healthcare
System in Murrieta, California where he served as the Chief Operating
Officer for Southwest’s Inland Valley and Rancho Springs hospitals.
At both Shands and Southwest, Neerav was instrumental in increasing revenue
and controlling expenses. “My plan is to ensure that Paradise Valley
continues to run efficiently and provide services for our community,”
said Neerav. “From there I want to build upon the success that PVH
has enjoyed since it has become a Prime Healthcare facility.”
Neerav has spent a majority of his life in Alabama and Florida. He obtained
all three of his college degrees at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
(UAB), beginning with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and then completing
an MBA as well as a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. Even
though UAB is his alma mater, he is a huge fan of the University of Florida
Gators from his time at Shands Healthcare.
Neerav lives in San Diego with his wife, Nishma. They enjoy all of the
wonderful things Southern California has to offer from beaches to restaurants,
and one of their favorite hobbies includes traveling. Neerav is an avid
sports fan, and keenly follows football and basketball.
You can go home again.
When Gemma Rama-Banaag came back to Paradise Valley Hospital in early 2011,
she was a familiar face to many PVH employees who remember her when she
worked here from 2002 – 2008, first as a Nurse Educator, and then
in Business Development as a Nurse Liaison, and finally as the Nurse Manager
of the Rehab Care Unit. After a two-year absence, during which she was
the Director of Nursing, and then Director of Clinical Services at Promise
Hospital in San Diego, she is now back at PVH as our new Chief Nursing Officer.
Gemma has been a nurse for almost her whole life. She started as an ER
nurse in the Philippines shortly after she finished her BSN at Philippine
Union College in 1987. Since then she has worked as a nurse in Obstetrics,
Long Term care, Med/Surg and Rehabilitation in Los Angeles and San Diego.
In every facility and unit she has worked in, she has eventually taken
on leadership roles: from being a charge nurse, to educator, to program
coordinator, to manager, to Director, and finally CNO.
Her distinguished professional career is mirrored in a stellar academic
career. The capstone projects for both her MBA and MSN degrees at the
University of Phoenix were chosen by the university as best in class projects,
and they are both used today as examples to students in those programs.
Gemma somehow finds the time to remain active with the Philippine Nurses
Association of San Diego and volunteer at her church. She loves teaching
and mentoring, and is an avid golfer and she loves to cook. Gemma is married
to her husband Chester, and they have two sons. They currently live in
the South Bay in Chula Vista.