Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Paulina Tam as the new Chief Operating Officer effective Monday, November 27th.

Paulina brings extensive health administration background to her new role at Riverside Community Hospital.  Prior to joining the Riverside Community Hospital’s executive leadership team, she served as Chief Operating Officer at St. Petersburg General Hospital where her responsibilities included bringing a new da Vinci® Xi Robot on line, leading the effort to transition their Graduate Medical Education program to ACGME accreditation and leading various facility renovations & upgrades.

Prior to joining St. Petersburg General Hospital, Paulina served as Vice President of Operations at Tampa Community Hospital where she led many projects and held responsibility for operations in a number of areas.  Among her accomplishments were managing the 16-bed expansion for the Behavioral Health Unit from 20 to 36 beds as well as launching the electroconvulsive therapy program. She was previously the Director of Performance Improvement for Surgical Services for HCA’s (Hospital Corporation of America) West Florida Division and served in Management Engineering roles for both the West Florida and South Atlantic Divisions. Before joining HCA, Paulina was an Associate with the Huron Consulting Group and completed an Administrative Fellowship at Duke University Hospital. 

“I am thrilled to join the team at Riverside Community Hospital as the hospital continues to go through exciting changes,” said Paulina. “I look forward to being a part of an organization that is making great leaps towards improving the health and well-being of its community as well as providing education to the next generation of physicians.”

Paulina has a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University as well as master certificates in Lean Six Sigma and Green Belt Six Sigma.

"We are delighted that Paulina has joined Riverside Community Hospital as Chief Operating Officer and as a part of our executive team,” says President and CEO Patrick Brilliant.  “Paulina brings a wealth of health care experience to Riverside Community Hospital along with extensive experience in construction and program growth and development which will be instrumental as we continue to expand and grow the services offered here at RCH. In addition, she will be actively involved in the continuing development of our Graduate Medical Education program.”

About Riverside Community Hospital (RCH)

Riverside Community Hospital has been serving the Southern California community for over 110 years with a staff of over 2,000 employees, 500 physicians and over 200 specialties. Through their passion of providing the most comprehensive, quality healthcare and commitment in investing in the latest technologic advances in medicine, Riverside Community Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures for three consecutive years in a row by The Joint Commission.

RCH houses one of the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50 treatment rooms.  RCH is the largest STEMI (heart attack) receiving center and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center.  Specialty services include the HeartCare Institute offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, Center of Excellence for Surgical Weight Loss, the Transplant Program, the Cancer Center and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Riverside Community Hospital is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program.