Glendale Adventist Medical Center, the 457-bed hospital serving the Glendale area, named Kevin Roberts, 52, as CEO. He will assume the position Dec. 5.

Roberts follows Morre Dean who resigned on Aug. 5 to accept a position as president and CEO of Parker Adventist Hospital in Denver.

Roberts joins Glendale from another Adventist hospital, 160-bed Castle Medical Center of Oahu, Hawaii, where he has been CEO for seven years. Castle Medical and Parker are both part of the Adventist integrated delivery system, which operates 17 hospitals, 130 clinics, 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers across the country.

Roberts rose through the nursing ranks to become CEO of Castle Medical Center. In his previous role, he was chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach, Calif. He has also worked at Adventist Health's corporate office as director of clinical operations.

During his seven years at Castle Medical, Roberts developed two capital construction projects totaling $38 million, brought on two clinical centers of excellence — bariatric surgery and joint replacement – and created a joint-venture surgery center with 15 physician partners.

His prior career experience includes COO and chief nursing officer at West Valley Medical Center, Caldwell, Idaho, and vice president of patient services for Monument Valley Hospital in Monument Valley, Utah.

Roberts takes over as CEO at a time of significant growth for Glendale. The hospital recently completed phase two of a $220 million expansion. The new seven-story west tower will contain expanded patient care areas, a larger emergency department, new surgery suites, new private patient rooms, a new cardiovascular center, and an intensive care unit. It’s due to open later this year.