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Larry Coomes named Chief Operating Officer of Queen of the Valley Medical Center


(December 17, 2015—Napa, CA) Larry Coomes, FACHE, has joined the administration team of Queen of the Valley Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately.

As COO, Coomes will have primary responsibility for the efficient operations of Queen of the Valley, coordinating the operations of several key areas and services, developing and implementing operational plans, as well as overseeing inpatient and outpatient growth strategies. He will report directly to President & CEO Walt Mickens.

Coomes most recently served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Tenet Health’s Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach, FL. The 199-bed acute care hospital is similar in size and service to Queen of the Valley, offering robotic surgery, neurosciences and cardiac care, with an annual net revenue of $200 million and 30,000 annual emergency room visits. During his three years there, Larry oversaw 900 employees and 450 medical staff. He developed and received approval of a five-year strategic plan to drive increased revenue and volumes; drove significant improvements in clinical quality and patient safety by instituting an open and transparent environment with a focus on trust and accountability; and led a cultural overhaul resulting in major improvements to physician, employee and patient satisfaction, among other successes. Prior to his role at Tenet, Coomes served as CEO of Palmdale Regional Medical Center in California.

“With more than 25 years of experience in business and executive leadership, Coomes has a proven track record and excels in operations,” said Walt Mickens, President & CEO, Queen of the Valley Medical Center. “I am confident he will be a great asset to our hospital and an excellent addition to our leadership team and community.”

During his career Coomes has overseen sales and marketing, business development and franchising. He has served in several leadership positions with local boards including the 2015 chairman of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women fundraising campaign, where he helped raise more than $400,000 for heart disease research and awareness in Florida.

Coomes holds a master’s of science in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a bachelor’s of science in Business from Eastern Illinois University.
“My family and I are very excited to be part of this amazing community,” said Coomes. “Napa is a beautiful and vibrant area and Queen of the Valley is known for providing high-quality, compassionate care to all. I look forward to working with the Queen’s dedicated care professionals and community partners on making the hospital even more successful in the future.”

Coomes is an avid golfer who enjoys community service and volunteering on local boards. His wife, Shannon, is a cardiac nurse and his son, Lawson, age 10, is an avid sportsman just like his dad.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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