Pawlek Embodies Shriners Children’s Commitment to Providing the Most Amazing Care Anywhere
The Shriners Children’s system just celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding and as it continues to expand access to its globally renowned children’s specialty care, it has named healthcare executive Kenny Pawlek as administrator for Shriners Children’s Northern California.
“What an honor it is to join the medical innovators and practitioners who work every day at Shriners Children’s Northern California to bring hope, healing, compassion and expertise together to improve the lives of children and their families,” Pawlek says.
The Shriners Children’s system is one of the largest specialty pediatric healthcare systems in the world. Shriners Children’s offers unparalleled expertise and advanced care for a range of orthopedic conditions, as well as care for burn injuries, spine care and spinal cord injuries, colorectal and gastrointestinal care and sports medicine.
Shriners Children’s Northern California is a world leader in advancing treatment for burns and the region’s only dedicated pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. And, while Shriners Children’s accepts insurance, patients receive the best care anywhere from a multi-disciplinary health care team, regardless of ability to pay.
“I am a big believer that hospitals must drive change and transformation to improve quality and patient-satisfaction,” Pawlek says. “Shriners Children’s has been doing that for 100 years and continues to invest in supporting world-class research and treatment to improve the lives of children in our communities and around the world. It is an honor to further the Shriners’ vision and mission.”
Pawlek came to Shriners Children’s Northern California after six years as chief operating officer at one of the four hospitals in the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine health system.
Prior to his time with USC, Pawlek spent more than a decade at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where he held positions as administrative director for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and administrator for the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Nephrology, and the Kidney and Liver Transplant Programs. His focus at CHLA was on developing and enhancing clinical programs to improve patient care.
“I am an enthusiastic supporter of Shriners Children’s commitment to compassionate care and advanced research to develop new treatments. I also wholeheartedly support Shriners Children’s commitment to providing unique educational and research opportunities for physicians and other healthcare professionals.” Pawlek says. “I am excited about working with everyone at Shriners Children’s Northern California as we advance treatment and outreach to help treat more kids in more places.”