HASC is saddened to learn about the passing of Robert H. “Rob” Curry, past president and CEO of Emanate Health. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues.
With more than four decades as a health care executive, Curry led the former Citrus Valley Health Partners, based in Covina, from 2008 until his retirement in 2022. In his 14-year tenure, he not only brought the organization back from the brink of insolvency, but oversaw its transformation into a robust, award-winning health system that rebranded itself as Emanate Health.
“Rob was an extraordinary leader and visionary who propelled our organization towards excellence and laid the groundwork for our future,” said Roger Sharma, who succeeded Curry as Emanate’s president and CEO.
Some of the many developments Curry oversaw included the Emanate Health Heart Care Center, Emanate Health Family Medicine Residency Program, a robotic surgery program, and the designation of Queen of the Valley Hospital as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the LA Emergency Medical Services Authority.
“In the health care industry, Rob was deeply respected by peers for his exceptional leadership and wealth of both experience and knowledge,” Sharma said. “He was also admired for his passionate advocacy of nonprofit hospitals and health systems, as well as his championship of efforts to improve access to care for underserved communities.
“I am both proud and blessed to have worked alongside Rob for so many years,” Sharma said. “Together, we tackled many challenges, navigated uncharted territories such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursued many initiatives to cement a bright future for Emanate Health and our communities.
“While he leaves behind a void that can never be filled, Rob also leaves us with the values of respect, excellence, compassion, integrity and stewardship that he instilled in our organization. We will forever be grateful for his vision, leadership and contributions.”