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Roger Seaver Retires as Henry Mayo CEO

Roger Seaver, retired CEO, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Roger Seaver

HASC extends many congratulations and thanks to Roger Seaver, who retired in March after 22 years as president and chief executive officer of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Seaver had been a health care industry leader for more than 50 years.

He joined Henry Mayo on April 1, 2001, during an especially challenging time. Under his leadership, the hospital emerged from the early 2000s as a much stronger health care institution. During his tenure, Seaver oversaw the development and expansion of many programs and new services at the hospital. These accomplishments included establishing the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center, the Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Roberta G. Veloz Cardiac Cath Lab, among others.

Seaver also led Henry Mayo through one of the most challenging times in history — the COVID-19 pandemic. “His voice resonated with public health officials, EMS agencies, elected officials, hospital leaders and many others,” HASC president and chief executive officer George Greene said at Seaver’s March 31 retirement dinner. “During frequent calls with these stakeholders, Roger’s guidance and leadership influenced the way health care was delivered in the region.”

Seaver had served on the HASC board since 1998, including as chair in 2009. He also chaired the Los Angeles Hospital Leadership committee, a group of local executives and government relations heads, for several years.

“Upon my arrival in Southern California nearly six years ago,” Greene said, “Roger was a leader who helped ease my transition and orientation into a completely foreign health care environment. He has been a trusted source of sage advice and a reliable advisor who I’ve turned to frequently — and still do.

“Roger’s humble, passionate leadership and inspiring methods of elevating those around him are instilled in those who have had the pleasure of working by his side.”

On behalf of HASC and its members, Greene awarded Seaver with a proclamation naming March 31 as Roger Seaver Day. “You will always have a family here at HASC,” Greene said, “and we’re truly honored to have had the opportunity to be the beneficiary of your service and leadership.”