David R. Cheney is the chief executive officer of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. As the leader of one of the city’s largest private, not-for-profit organizations, he leads 3,500 employees and nearly 1,000 medical staff members in offering high quality, affordable health care to all residents of the region. SMCS, which opened in 1923, is a not-for-profit, tertiary, 500-bed medical center servicing Northern California that has been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for five years, most recently from 2013-2015, and received several other industry honors.
Mr. Cheney joined Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento in January 2017. His top priorities are to continue to build on Sutter’s tremendous history of providing safe, quality care at the highest level. Prior to joining Sutter Health, he served as CEO of Banner Boswell Medical Center, a 525-bed hospital in Sun City AZ. At Banner Boswell, he led his team to outstanding levels of achievement, including four Top 100 Hospital awards, the Everest Award, and two Top 50 Cardiovascular awards from Truven Health Analytics. Under his leadership, Banner Boswell also earned multiple A ratings from Leapfrog, US News and World Report’s best hospital designation, as well as numerous quality awards from many specialty societies.
Mr. Cheney worked as a paramedic early in his career, providing the delivery of patient care first- hand. This experience kept him grounded in the fundamental values that keep hospitals on the right track. Over the following years, he accepted greater leadership roles in strategy and operations at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Banner’s flagship teaching hospital in Phoenix. His time at Samaritan culminated in his role as Senior Administrator, responsible for operations of the 635-bed trauma center.
Mr. Cheney holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and his master’s in business administration from Arizona State University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He served as the 2018 March for Babies Chair for the March of Dimes.