Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s 70th year will usher in a new president and CEO.

Michael A. Rembis, 58, was named the new head of the Burbank hospital, the hospital announced Monday. He will begin work in mid-September.

“Healthcare reform will bring significant change to the delivery of health care services,” Rembis said, in a prepared statement. “I am excited to lead Providence Saint Joseph and its mission to provide greater access to high quality health care for the people of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.”

The position is Rembis’ first as chief executive of a not-for-profit hospital. He comes to the hospital from Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center where he served at president and CEO. Before that he held the top administrative position at Riverside Community Hospital, Centinela Freeman Health System, Centinela Medical Center and JFK Medical Center in Indio.

Rembis replaces Barry Wolfman who left the hospital earlier this year to serve as the top administrator at George Washington University, his alma mater.

“We ran a national search for a new chief executive and it was evident immediately that Michael’s expertise matched our goals at Providence Saint Joseph,” said Kerry Carmody, chief operating officer for Providence Health & Services, Southern California, who is serving as the hospital’s interim chief executive. “His experience in advancing such specialties as cardiology, neonatal intensive care and orthopedics will enhance our ongoing efforts to expand our specialties and continue to bring top healthcare programs to the San Fernando Valley.”

Rembis attended UCLA and received a master’s degree in health services administration at the University of Southern California.

Leah Gillis