Mary Kingston is the Chief Executive for the South Bay Community, bringing her expertise in leading transformational improvement in the operational, clinical and financial aspects of healthcare. Spanning over 30 years, her career has been focused on leading inclusionary and complex transformational change, both operationally and culturally, at the system and hospital level.
Mary has served in numerous leadership and executive positions throughout her career. Prior to joining Providence, she was the vice president of performance improvement for St. Joseph Health System leading clinical excellence and the “St. Joseph Way” Lean management efforts. Previously, she worked for MemorialCare Health System at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and Anaheim Memorial Medical Center in executive nursing and performance improvement leadership, and was the recipient of the MemorialCare LOLA Leadership Award.
In 2011, Mary joined Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance as the administrator/chief operating officer, managing the clinical, financial and operational initiatives of the hospital while using Lean leadership and methodology. In 2015, and for the fourth straight year, the ministry was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals(tm) by Truven Health Analytics in its annual study, and was named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven as well. Additional accolades include Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, as well as several Specialty Excellence Awards(tm); a Gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence(tm) in intensive care from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; an “A” Hospital Safety Score(tm) from Leapfrog Group for overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors; and a ranking on The Joint Commission’s 2013 Top Performer list(tm) (performance in the top 18% of accredited hospitals submitting data) for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Mary has been actively involved in both local and national organizations. She led a collaboration of national healthcare associations (American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, etc.) for eight years in the “Best Practice Network,” ethics integration in clinical and leadership practice and sepsis collaboration. She also served as a representative in development of the American Nurses Association Magnet Recognition Program. Mary has served on the WebMD Board of Directors, the NurseWEEK Advisory Board, and the first Pastoral Council of the Diocese of Orange under Bishop Todd Brown. She is currently chairing the Los Angeles American Heart Association Go Red for Women Program and serves on the Torrance Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is an adjunct professor at UCLA and USC teaching ethics, leadership and performance improvement to graduate students, and has authored several articles. She has frequently been the featured speaker for national organizations.
Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northern Illinois University and later achieved a Master’s degree in Nursing and Business Administration from UCLA. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified Lean Black Belt.