Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center has announced Michael Carter as its new executive director. He succeeds Cathy Casas who is retiring after 32 years with Kaiser.

Carter previously served as chief executive of Swedish Health Services, a 697-bed hospital in Seattle.

As executive director, he will be responsible for the operation of the Woodland Hills hospital and administration of the Kaiser health plan in the region. He will assume his new duties in early March.

“Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills has achieved extraordinary results, and I look forward to engaging with staff, hearing their stories, and gaining insight into the organization’s culture and people,” Carter said in a statement.

Carter holds a master’s degree in public health from UCLA. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center provides primary and specialty care to more than 200,000 people in the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.