Jorge Orozco, adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy and Board of Councilors member of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the School of Dentistry, has been appointed chief executive officer of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey.
His appointment was announced following a national executive search. Orozco had been serving as interim CEO since 2007.
Rancho is one of four hospitals run by Los Angeles County and has been a leader in rehabilitation medicine for more than half a century, providing highly specialized treatments for traumatic injuries. In 2007, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rancho as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for rehabilitation.
Orozco began an impressive 19-year career at Rancho as a physical therapist in 1989, and was promoted to chief of rehabilitation therapy in 2001. In 2005, he was named chief operating officer with responsibility for oversight of all facility operations. His clinical and management expertise have driven significant organizational change and growth at the facility.
“Under Jorge’s steady stewardship, Rancho continues to grow in stature as a hospital that provides among the most complex medical care in the country,” said DHS Director Bruce Chernof.
“His cultivation of world-class faculty has strengthened the hospital’s historic mission of research and leadership in rehabilitative medicine.”
Orozco has been a member of the faculty and a member of the Board of Councilors member at USC PT since 2002. His leadership as chair of the board’s Outreach Committee has resulted in the successful establishment of USC Fit Families, a pro-bono community clinic in the neighborhood surrounding the Health Sciences Campus that provides preventive and wellness physical therapy services to underserved elementary-school-aged children diagnosed with or at high risk for diabetes and conditions associated with physical inactivity.
USC and Rancho have enjoyed a strong affiliation since the late 1960s when the County Board of Supervisors signed a contract to affiliate Rancho with the University, resulting in countless hours of clinical teaching and research that proved beneficial to both institutions.