San Jose, CA — Gary Purushotham has joined Good Samaritan, an acute care provider in south San Jose, as the hospital's chief operating officer. As COO, Purushotham will have administrative oversight of hospital operations at both the Good Samaritan campus and the Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos. He will also oversee the improvement of hospital facilities as well as construction and renovation projects. In addition, Purushotham will assist with strategic planning and program development.

"Gary is a welcome addition to the Good Sam's leadership team," said Joseph DeSchryver, chief executive officer of Good Samaritan Hospital. "His experience will help bolster our quality agenda so that we continue to make gains in the care provided to the communities we serve while also ensuring access to excellent facilities, unique services and leading-edge medical care."

Prior to joining Good Samaritan, Purushotham served in a dual role as chief operating officer as well as the ethics and compliance officer for Del Sol Medical Center, a 347-bed, two-campus medical center that also includes Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso. Under his leadership, Del Sol Medical Center has been recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer on key quality measures for five years in a row, as a Bariatric Center for Excellence and is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

In 2007, Purushotham joined HCA Healthcare's Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas, as division director of management engineering. During his affiliation with Methodist, he progressed through leadership and was named associate COO in 2012.

Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, Purushotham was with Sierra Providence Health Network in El Paso, Texas, from 1993 to 2007. During his tenure, he served in several roles including as the health network's administrative director of operations improvement. In that role, Purushotham led the implementation of a range of performance improvement initiatives.

He holds a master of health administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master of science and industrial engineering from the University of Texas in El Paso.