John Sackett and Rich 250 x 600 pxDiscover the Future of Healthcare with John Sackett, Executive Vice President & COO of Adventist Healthcare, on BioTalk with Rich Bendis.

In this episode, John Sackett shares his insights into the changing landscape of healthcare delivery. From his early days as an administrative assistant to his current role, John's journey offers invaluable lessons on leadership and innovation in the healthcare industry.

Join us as we explore Adventist Healthcare's role in the BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) and explore the transformative changes in healthcare delivery. Gain valuable insights into the challenges and innovations reshaping healthcare post-COVID and learn how Adventist Healthcare is leading the way in patient-centered care.

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John serves Adventist HealthCare as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. His Main Thing is to deploy a systematic approach to running the company using its Leadership System. He believes his role as a leader is to make it easy for everyone associated with the company to achieve excellence.  With a Bachler of Arts degree from Walla Walla University and a Master of Health Administration degree from Loma Linda University John began his work as a health care administrator in 1981. He spent a year at Glendale Adventist Medical Center completing a hospital administration residency after which he moved to Boulder, Colorado working as an Administrative Assistant at Boulder Memorial Hospital responsible for Patient Business and Housekeeping. Demonstrating his skill as a visionary and business development he identified the need for the hospital to grow its range of services and started Colorado’s first eating disorders treatment center. In 1985 John was promoted to Vice President. Playing a key role in the administrative team, he helped the organization identify the need to move the hospital to the growing town of Louisville. At the age of 32, the Board appointed him to the role of Hospital President, a year before the new hospital opened in 1990 with a new name: Avista Adventist Hospital. Under his leadership the hospital gained a reputation for high quality, high employee satisfaction, high patient satisfaction, and solid financial performance. The hospital also received the Centura Health’s award for multiple years in row for being the highest performing hospital – The Phoenix Award.

During the time he served as the CEO and President of Avista Adventist Hospital, owned by Advent Health, and operated as part of Centura Health.  John also served in additional roles, including CEO of Porter Adventist Hospital, CEO of Plate Valley Medical Center, Senior Vice President for Mission, and Ministry of Centura Health, and Senior Vice President of the Mountain and North Denver region, coordinating the work of Saint Anthony Central Hospital, Saith Anthony North Hospital, Summit Medical Center, and Avista Adventist Hospital.  

John joined the Adventist HealthCare as President of Shady Grove Medical Center (SGMC) in 2013 and in 2014 added the additional title of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Adventist HealthCare. In 2019 John became the full time Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Adventist HealthCare.

 John has served in various professional and civic roles including:

  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Fellow
  • American Hospital Association, Alt. Delegate, Region 8 Policy Board
  • Centennial Peaks Hospital, Board Member
  • Colorado Hospital Association: Board Member, Hospitals Express Legislative Preference (HELP), Legislative Review Council, North Central Hospital District, Secretary, President
  • Hospital Shared Services, Board Member
  • Universities at Shady Grove Board of Directors and serving as Chairman
  • BioHealth Innovations Board of Directors
  • Strathmore Music Center Board of Directors
  • Ana A. Brito Foundation Board Member
  • Boulder County Housing and Human Services Advisory Committee
  • Walla Walla College School of Business Advisory Board
  • Wells Fargo Bank, Boulder Region Community Board
  • RTD Fiscal Sustainability Taskforce
  • Founder of Independent Physician Network
  • Boulder County United Way Capital Campaign, Vice Chairman
  • Civic Forum, Chairman
  • Louisville Fire District Board
  • The President’s Seminar
  • Foundation for Boulder Valley School District, Executive Committee Member
  • Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church, Board Member
  • Bank One of Louisville, Advisory Board Member
  • Boulder Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Leadership Boulder, Member
  • Boulder YMCA, Board Member
  • City of Louisville, Councilman
  • Community Food Share, Board Member
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board Member and Executive Committee Member
  • Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

John has also received notable awards that include:

  • “Alumnus of the Year” from Walla Walla College
  • Adventist Health System “Crystal Angel Award”
  • Olympic Torchbearer
  • Daily Camera “Pacesetters Award, Medicine/Health”
  • Boulder County Business Hall of Fame
  • YWCA Man of the Year
  • “Service Above Self” Award from the Coal Creek Rotary Club
  • “Dean's Award” from Loma Linda University School of Health, 1982