#Inglewood Rising: Who’s Who Spotlight on Centinela Hospital CEO Linda Bradley

Thursday, April 28, 2016 Written by 
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Award-winning Centinela Hospital CEO and Chair of the Governing Board, Linda Bradley has built a solid reputation in the technology-driven hospital services industry and in the newly evolved city of Inglewood.


Linda Bradley, RN/JD has proudly earned Centinela Hospital many accolades and awards over a number of recent years. 


Bradley’s history of success hails from an obvious right start beginning in her near perfect years of youth.


“I could not have asked for a better childhood. I am blessed with amazing parents who instilled in us that it is a tough world and you have to work hard and show people your very best, and earn what you have, not expect it to be handed to you,” she said.


Bradley currently holds degrees in nursing and law.


She has been rooted in Inglewood for over half a decade. As an Inglewood stakeholder, she is happy with how the city of Inglewood’s path towards the future is shaping.


“I have been CEO of Centinela Hospital Medical Center for six years,” Bradley shared. 


“Inglewood’s image is that of a forward thinking city on the move. With the re-opening of the Fabulous Forum, the Hollywood Park redevelopment project and the relocation of the Los Angeles Rams, the city is on the verge of an historic renaissance.”


As of recent, people from both far and near are pondering over just how Inglewood has changed over the last ten years. The city of Inglewood has noticeably orchestrated a total 180 degree turn from past perceptions.


“As Mayor Butts recently stated in his State of the City address, the City was close to bankruptcy ten years ago with an infrastructure that was failing its citizens. Now, the city has climbed out of its deficit, is re-building its infrastructure and is home to a great community of people, in addition to the Los Angeles Rams and a soon-to-be-launched beautiful stadium to house the team. It now also can be proud of national award winning healthcare provided by Centinela employees and physicians.” 


Inglewood is the home to legends and everyday folks alike, but all want what’s best for the city and Bradley is happy to gist about what she’s done for Inglewood lately.


“Centinela prides itself on being a community partner. To better understand current health needs in our community, Centinela Hospital conducts a comprehensive needs assessment regularly. The findings inform the direction of our community mission and the scope of our community health work.” 


“We’ve also contributed to the well-being of Inglewood through our award winning care. Centinela Hospital has been recognized by numerous national organizations.” 


“The hospital has been named a 100 Top Hospital in the United States five years in a row by Truven Health Analytics. It has been named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety three years in a row by Healthgrades – which places Centinela Hospital in the top 5% for quality care of all hospitals in the nation. It consistently receives “A” ratings from the Leapfrog group in patient safety; and Centinela hospital has also been awarded the Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures award for 2013, 2014 and 2015.” 


Bradley is thoroughly invested in Inglewood, cares about its brand and even has her own vision for the future home of Champion’s Stadium.


“I believe that the City is well on its way to becoming one of the great cities in Los Angeles County if not all of California. It has served as a model for the turn-around for ailing cities across the country,” Bradley said. 


“I would like to see Inglewood continue this trend and accelerate its growth and prosperity in the future. I’d also like to see Inglewood recognized as one of the healthiest cities to live!” 


As Bradley continued to lay out her thoughts about the current state of Inglewood, she began to make some predictions.


“I see an amazing opportunity for growth within the city. Growth in the sales tax base, growth in job opportunities, growth in business start-ups, growth in property values and an overall growth in city services.” 


“I also see people coming into the area and being impressed by the community of hard working and talented people, many who have persevered through the tough times and are motivated to take the city to even higher levels,” Bradley added.


The accolade rich CEO wants to especially have an important lasting impression on Inglewood based Centinela Hospital.


“As CEO of Centinela Hospital, the only acute care medical center serving Inglewood and the surrounding areas, I would like my legacy to be that of providing extremely high quality healthcare to the community for decades to come.” 


“(And) that I joined an amazing team and shepherded a hospital that was near closing into one that has gone through an $80 million renovation and is now ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation,” Bradley stated.


One thing is for certain, Bradley is fervent about being CEO of Centinela Hospital Medical Center, a position she has held since May, 2010. That is a good thing for the city of Inglewood.


“Being CEO of Centinela is not just a job for me, it’s my passion and my calling,” she said.


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