Bob Hemker - President and CEO of Palomar HealthRobert A. Hemker - President & CEO

Bob Hemker was appointed President and CEO of Palomar Health in August of 2014. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Palomar Health from May 2001 until August of 2014. During his tenure as CFO, he also served as the Interim President and CEO from May 2002 through January 2003. A 31-year veteran of the healthcare industry, Bob has extensive experience managing the financial and operational aspects of healthcare organizations, working closely with community, physicians and board representatives. His career includes CFO, COO and CEO experience in for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental acute care hospitals in Southern California and Hawaii, as well as consulting experiences to various healthcare sectors.  

Bob’s responsibilities encompass: strategic financial planning, treasury, capital formation, financial management, budgeting, contracting, revenue cycle and real estate. In addition, he is responsible for the ongoing execution of a comprehensive Plan of Finance for the $1 Billion master facility plan which utilized Revenue Bonds and General Obligation Bonds. Bob serves on the boards of various Palomar Health affiliated entities including: Arch Health Partners – a Physician Foundation; Palomar Health Development, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) Grants Entity; and various joint ventures. 

A member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) since 1983, he is Past-President (2004-2005) of the San Diego-Imperial Chapter, having served on its Board of Directors since 2002.  He served on HFMA’s National CFO Forum Peer Council and was its 2007-2008 Chair. He has been a Judge for its Yeager Award on numerous occasions. He recently completed a two-year term (2011-2012) as the HFMA representative to the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees.

Bob has been a member of the Association of California Healthcare District’s Finance Committee since 2004; and he is currently serving his fifth year as Chairman of the ALPHA Council, its workers’ compensation insurance captive, having served on it since 2004. He has been a Board Member of the malpractice carrier BETA Alliance Insurance Group since 2007 and currently serves as its Chair. He also serves on the Board of the District Hospital Leadership Forum and Executive Committee as well as serving as Treasurer.

Bob serves on the steering council of the VHA West Coast CFO/COO Forum and served as its initial Chair for two years (2007-2009). He is serving his third year as Chair of the Executive Committee of the West Coast Purchasing Coalition, a multi-state regional supply chain coalition. He is also a member of the VHA West Coast Board of Directors.

He serves as a Board Member of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Bob was named the San Diego Business Journal’s 2009 government sector Chief Financial Officer of the Year.

Bob holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and a BS in Accounting. He is a frequent speaker at the local, regional and national level on healthcare financial management topics.

He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Carlsbad, CA.  hey have 3 adult children: Mike, Melissa and Tim, and 4 grandchildren.


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