Outside view of ECRMC entrance during the day.

About Us

Chief Executive Team

Dr. Adolphe Edward, DRHA, MBA, MS - Chief Executive Officer

Adolphe Edward is the chief executive officer for El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC), an acute care medical center in Southern California’s Imperial Valley that is affiliated with the UC San Diego Health Care Network. He brings to the position more than 29 years of experience in health care strategy and operations at public and private systems worldwide.

Dr. Edward was most recently market CEO of Kindred HealthCare, a Fortune 100 company where he helped grow market share for inpatient services. He has also held senior leadership roles at hospitals across the U.S. and abroad, focusing on attracting new patients and growing specialty services. These positions include Chief Medical Operations for Honeywell, where he oversaw medical operations at multiple locations in Turkey, Oman and United Arab Emirates, as well as a dual role as chief operating officer and chief quality officer for Dell’s health sciences division/SEHA in Abu Dhabi, where he was responsible for 9 hospitals and over 60 clinics in the UAE health system. Prior to that, Dr. Edward held many executive leadership positions in health care for the U.S. Air Force for over 22 years.

He holds a doctorate in healthcare administration and leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina, a master’s of strategy and international relations from Air University (U.S. Air Force), an MS in healthcare administration from Trinity University, an MBA from Florida Metropolitan University, and a BS in biological studies from Wichita State University. He also earned several certifications related to leadership and management.

Dr. Edward is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a diplomate of the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA).

Louise Kenney, RN, BSN, MSM - Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Kenney is the Chief Clinical Officer at El Centro Regional Medical Center. She has served in several leadership roles including Chief Nursing Officer, Administrator for free standing surgery center, Professional Development for providers and many other key roles in hospital settings. Ms. Kenney worked as a Healthcare consultant and provided assistance in operational transformation, clinical workflow and process changes, acquisitions and mergers, supply chain and regulatory compliance. Her experience spans over all types of healthcare segments including acute care, sub-acute care, ambulatory services and clinic practices.

Ms. Kenney received her BSN at Alverno College and Masters of Science in Management at Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin.

Luis Castro, BS - Chief Human Resources Officer

Luis Castro started his career in Human Resources and Management in the private sector and joined ECRMC in 2005. He currently serves as the organization’s Chief Human Resources Officer, overseeing the organization and administration of Human Resource services. He has held various positions over the years with ECRMC.

Luis is an Imperial Valley native and a graduate of Brawley Union High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in human resources management. He is a member of the Imperial Valley Human Resources Association, Society for Human Resources Management, and the Professionals in Human Resources Association.

Cathy Kennerson - Chief Strategic Officer

Cathy Kennerson joined ECRMC seven years ago and serves as the organization’s Chief Strategic Officer. In this role, she oversees the marketing department, volunteer services department, the ECRMC foundation and strategic planning. She sits on a number of local boards and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Prior to joining the hospital’s leadership team, Ms. Kennerson served the business community as the CEO of the local chamber of commerce. She began her healthcare career as a Certified Health Education Specialist, and she served as an administrator for a cholesterol treatment center in San Diego prior to moving to the Imperial Valley. Ms. Kennerson has worked in the healthcare industry for 23 years.

Mark Nellis, CPA, MBA - Chief Financial Officer

Mark recently joined El Centro Regional Medical Center as the Head of Finance. Mark has an over 20-year career managing the finance and general accounting functions at acute care, long-term and behavioral hospital facilities. He is a known-turnaround expert who partners the finance function with corporate-level strategies, operations and objectives to develop and implement revenue enhancement and expense reduction initiatives.

Most recently, Mr. Nellis served as the Chief Financial Officer at Bakersfield (CA) Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. This is a 90 bed behavioral acute care hospital with approximately $50MM of annual revenues. Prior to Bakersfield BHH, Mark served as the Director of Finance / Chief Financial Officer at The Guidance Center in Flagstaff, AZ, the Ho’ola Lahui Hawaii Community Health Center, the Sitka Community Hospital (Alaska) and West Kauai Medical Center (Hawaii).

Ronda Sanchez - Chief Compliance Officer

Ronda Sanchez moved to the Imperial Valley over decade ago and soon found a home at ECRMC. With the intention of pursing nursing, she certified as an EMT and telemetry technician and began working in the ICU. With nearly eleven years’ experience in Health Information Management and a combined passion for both healthcare and human rights, her path at ECRMC eventually led to a career in Compliance and Patient Privacy.

As the Chief Compliance Officer, Ronda oversees the ECRMC Compliance and Privacy program in addition to Cybersecurity. Ronda has a Bachelor of Science in healthcare administration and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) through the Health Care Compliance Association.

Mark Lauteren, MBA, CHCIO - Chief Information Officer

Mr. Lauteren is an experienced information services executive with over 35 years healthcare IT experience. Having worked for almost every sector of the healthcare delivery system, including hospitals and health systems, his strong technology background and skill will enable the El Centro Regional Medical Center to migrate into the next decade resulting in the delivery of both great patient care and great patient and customer experiences. Mr. Lauteren comes to El Centro Regional Medical Center from Astria Health on the Eastern Side of Washington, where he was the Chief Information Officer. Before that Mr. Lauteren was also the Chief Information Officer at the University of South Alabama Health System, Mobile, AL.

Previous experience includes serving as Director of Health Information Systems for Allegiance Health, Jackson, MI and Director of Technology Services for Salem Hospital, Salem, OR. Mr. Lauteren also served as Regional IT Support Manager for Engineering Computing at Intel, and as Business and Program Development Manager/Senior Project Manager for Science Application Internal Corporation in San Diego, CA. Mr. Lauteren has been a healthcare consultant for high tech organizations and health systems throughout the country providing him with broad and diverse IT skills and the ability to incorporate unique solutions to complex organizational structures.

Mr. Lauteren received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and his Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University. He is CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). He also was Michigan Quality Council Certified Examiner (Michigan Baldridge Committee) and a College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) member.

Charles Rhoades, CLS - Chief of Ambulatory Services, Acting

Charles (Charlie) Rhoades serves as the organization’s Acting Chief of Ambulatory Services. In this role, he oversees the Laboratory, Medical Imaging, Pharmacy, Dietary and Biomedical Services departments. He is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Medical Technology followed by a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Redlands. Charlie began his professional career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at El Centro Regional Medical Center in 1979. He has over 39 years of experience working in acute care hospitals, with the last 33 of those in a variety of leadership roles. Charlie also has significant experience overseeing a variety of other clinical and non-clinical support areas including Cardiopulmonary Services, Rehabilitative Services, and Facilities.

ECRMC Administration Office
1415 Ross Avenue
El Centro, CA 92243

8:00 am – 5:00 pm