Fred Capozello CroppedFort Mohave  – Valley View Medical Center has announced that Fred Capozello has been appointed its chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Capozello has served as interim CEO of the hospital since August following the departure of Bob Luther, and as chief financial officer (CFO) of the hospital since January 2014. “Fred has an extensive background in healthcare management and has proven himself an asset to the hospital as interim CEO and previously as CFO,” said Don Bivacca, president of LifePoint Hospitals’ Western Group, of which Valley View is a part.  “Fred’s expertise in both financial management and operations oversight has resulted in tremendous successes throughout his career. We are fortunate to have him continue serving as Valley View’s CEO and make what is a great hospital even stronger.” Capozello brings more than 20 years of healthcare management experience to Valley View and the Tri-State area. Before joining Valley View, he was vice president of finance operations at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. He previously served as chief operating officer (COO) and CFO at Tulare Regional Medical Center in Tulare, California. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with Community Health Systems and Tenet hospitals throughout southern California, including in Fallbrook, Paramount, Bellflower and Huntington Park. “Since Fred arrived at Valley View in January, his integrity and leadership style have continued to impress the board,” said Karla Brady, chairman of the Valley View Board of Trustees. “His unique ability to keep a keen eye on financial and operational objectives while maintaining a strong commitment to quality outcomes is exactly what our hospital needs in its future leader.” Capozello earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia and an MBA in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix in California. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and a Certified Public Accountant.