William Comer, Chief Executive Officer
William Comer’s career spans more than 20 years in executive and
community leadership roles, including serving as CEO and Senior Vice President
of multiple investor-owned and not-for-profit organizations. His expertise
includes successful turnarounds, strategic financial management, physician
and employee partnerships, and creating innovative strategic initiatives.
William has served as CEO of Private Equity Group, based in Scottsdale,
Arizona, where he oversaw the development and operations of a six-hospital
health system. He was also the CEO of The Surgical Hospitals, a physician-owned
hospital company in Phoenix, Arizona, where he brought the hospitals through
Chapter 11 reorganization. Other employers include Nueterra Healthcare
in Kansas City where William successfully led the hospital division that
includes 10,000 employees, 12 hospitals, 50 surgery centers, and 200 physician
practices. Earlier in his career, William worked for Tenet Health and
Sisters of Mercy Health System.
William has a Master's degree in Health Administration from Washington
University in St. Louis and is currently working on his Doctorate in Psychology
at California Southern University. He is a Fellow in the American College
of Healthcare Executives and has been actively involved as a board member
and with community organizations everywhere he's worked and lived.
When he has free time, William enjoys flying airplanes, writing, and providing
fitness, health, and nutrition training for individual and corporate clients.
Max Owens, Chief Financial Officer
Max Owens, MBA, FHFMA, FACHE, is highly accomplished with 20+ years of
experience increasing profits and positive cash flow within for-profit
and non-profit organizations, and has demonstrated success in cost management,
budgeting, business development and performance measurement. He has know-how
in turning around financially challenged hospitals; he also had the unique
first-hand involvement with New Orleans East Hospital, which was a replacement
hospital from Hurricane Katrina. As that hospital's CFO he was instrumental
in their startup process.
Max has traveled across the country to join us. His most recent position
was CFO at Huntsville Memorial Hospital in Texas. As a key member of their
Executive Management team, he played a role in the overall management
of the corporation with day to day responsibilities for planning, implementing,
controlling and managing all financial related activities. Prior tenures
where Max has served include St. Marks Medical Center in Texas, Trinity
Health System in North Dakota, Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System in
Tennessee, and the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.
Gemma Rama-Banaag, Chief Nursing Officer
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.
Rosemarie Lim, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Rosemarie Lim, MD, works as a pulmonary and critical care consultant at
Paradise Valley Hospital, in addition to her duties as the Chief Medical
Officer here. She completed her medical doctorate at the University of
the Philippines College of Medicine in 1989 where she completed a rotating
internship in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, emergency medicine,
obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, and psychiatry. She continued
her medical education in the United States, finishing in 1996 with a fellowship
in pulmonary and critical care at the Center for Health Sciences at the
University of California Los Angeles. Soon after she started working at
Paradise Valley starting in 1998, and she has been here ever since.
Dr. Lim is board certified in critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine,
and internal medicine. She holds licenses to practice medicine in California,
Texas and Illinois.