Robert A. Hemker - President & CEO

Bob Hemker - President and CEO of Palomar Health

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 33-year veteran of the healthcare industry, Bob has extensive experience managing the strategic, financial and operational aspects of healthcare organizations, working closely with community, physicians and board representatives.  His career includes CEO, COO and CFO experience in for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental acute care hospitals in Southern California and Hawaii.

He serves on the Board of the District Hospital Leadership Forum and its Executive Committee. He is the vice-chair of the BETA Council as well as serving on the Executive, Underwriting and Risk Management committees.

In addition, Bob serves as a board member of the California Hospital Association, Vizient West Coast, The Elizabeth Hospice (vice-chair), Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (vice-chair) and Association of California Healthcare Districts.

Bob holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and a BS in Accounting.

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


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