Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Sutter Coast Hospital has chosen an interim leader in the wake of the resignation of Eugene Suksi, whose last day as CEO was on Thursday.

Linda Horn, who "has extensive rural hospital experience serving most recently as the interim COO with Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville, CA," will start at Sutter Coast Hospital on Monday, according to a memo sent to hospital staff.

"Linda will work closely with the Sutter Coast Board of Directors as well as the outstanding management team and medical staff, and will collaborate with me to ensure a smooth transition," said Mike Cohill, West Bay Region President and Sutter Coast board member, in the memo.

Prior to Porterville, Horn worked as vice-president of Patient Care Services at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

From 1993 to 2006, Horn was the CEO at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, where she participated in multiple successful hospital accreditation surveys, "built a strong new medical group, oversaw two large construction projects and consistently ran operating margins over 10 percent," according to the memo.

Horn was a registered nurse for more than two decades before transitioning to administration, according to a 2004 San Francisco Business Times article.

"I come from the bedside, but now I find it very satisfying as an administrator to help caregivers do their job better," Horn said in the article. "I think my background adds value, adds passion."

Horn has an M.A. in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in nursing from University of New York's Regents College.

"Under Horn's administration, Sutter Delta also has increased the value of its uncompensated benefits to the local community by 200 percent - more than $15 million in uncompensated and charity care in 2002," according to the Business Times article.

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