Rod Hanners

Rodney Hanners has been appointed COO of Keck Medicine of USC and CEO of Keck Medical Center.

A Los Angeles-area health care executive with significant experience in health systems leadership has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and CEO of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. Rodney B. Hanners, currently senior vice president and chief operating officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, begins in his new roles on June 15.

Hanners will oversee operations for the three acute care facilities that are part of Keck Medicine of USC: Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. Hanners will lead the system’s growth in market share and volume, optimizing existing clinical infrastructure and managing the prudent use of resources, while maintaining a focus on performance improvement across the system.

In addition to his tenure with Keck School of Medicine of USC-affiliated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hanners’ experience includes serving as chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente Hospital’s Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC), the largest Kaiser Permanente facility in Southern California.

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“Rod has an impressive background in improving quality, managing costs, and leveraging resources in a complex health care environment,” said Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO, Keck Medicine of USC, to whom Hanners will report. “Having worked at two of the largest medical centers in California, he understands the unique challenges we face in the rapidly changing health care landscape and has demonstrated the ability to develop successful strategies and processes for optimal growth and stability.”

At CHLA, Hanners is the senior administrative officer in charge of 10 departments, including radiology, patient care services, information services and human resources. At Kaiser, Hanners was responsible for hospital operations and support services across the LAMC campus and medical office buildings.

Hanners will work to establish strong and effective working relationships with key constituents across the USC enterprise, including department chairs, faculty and medical staff members, as well as leadership at the hospital and system level. He will also engage stakeholders in the communities served by Keck Medicine of USC.

Preceding his health care career, Rod served in the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer and submarine training instructor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s-equivalent in nuclear engineering from the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL.