LAMC CEO John Whiteside at the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday talking about the importance of community involvement. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
John Whiteside arrived in town in August 2016 to take over the reins of Los Alamos Medical Center. Since that time, he has immersed himself into the local community.
He explained during a recent interview at the Los Alamos Daily Post the importance he believes LAMC plays in the support and well-being of the community.
“In the more than two years I have lived and worked in Los Alamos I have truly grown to love here it,” Whiteside said. “The hospital staff is outstanding and the people in this community are fantastic … it’s a joy and privilege to be part of it.”
Whiteside advocates service on community boards. He volunteers quarterly serving charity breakfasts at the Posses Lodge, serves on The Family YMCA and is a strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.
“John joined our board soon after moving to Los Alamos. He grew up with a Y near his home and experienced first hand the difference a Y can make in the life of young people,” YMCA CEO Linda Daly said. “We are so lucky to have John as a steward of the Y.”
Whiteside served for 10 years in the United States Marine Corps including time in Iran and Iraq. He explained that as a result of having served in the military, he is a strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. The veterans charitable service organization offers programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following Sept. 11, 2001. Services include a year-long Track program that helps veterans transition to college and the workplace.
“I’ve had Marines who have been hurt overseas so this organization is close to my heart. The motto at the Wounded Warrior Project is ‘The greatest casualty is being forgotten’ and I want to help ensure that we don’t forget these brave men and women,” Whiteside said.
Along with his own participation, Whiteside said he also looks for ways the hospital can help support the community.
“This is all about being a good community member in a great community,” he said. It’s also about ensuring that we give the best possible care to our patients … I want to make sure we are providing the same care that I would expect for my mom. Our hometown care rivals any in America for the procedures we do – we are the best.”
We live here, and we see our neighbors in the grocery store and we want them to be pleased with our care.”
Prior to becoming CEO at LAMC, Whiteside served as chief operating officer of Mercy Regional Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center, a two-hospital system in Louisiana that also is part of the LifePoint Health system. There, he oversaw a multi-million-dollar construction and expansion project that included a new MRI lab and cardiac catheterization lab; significantly improved physician satisfaction through an innovative partnership with a local radiology group; and successfully recruited a number of new specialty physicians to the hospitals.
In 2015, Whiteside also was instrumental in leading Mercy Regional Medical Center to earn LifePoint’s High Five Award for operational excellence.
“I am proud to call Los Alamos home and will do all that I can to make sure our community members continue to have access to the best possible care, right here close to home,” Whiteside said.
Whiteside holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., MBA from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Fla., and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and education, also from the University of Florida.