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Victor Rey Named 2023 Top Governance Leader

Victor Rey Named 2023 Top Governance Leader

Media Contact: Karina Rusk

July 19, 2023 - Salinas Valley Health is proud to announce that Victor Rey, President, Salinas Valley Health Board of Directors is named to Modern Healthcare Excellence in Governance class of 2023. The honor follows national recognition by Modern Healthcare in 2021 honoring Salinas Valley Health president/CEO Pete Delgado as a top diversity leader.

Modern Healthcare Excellence in Governance program selects 12 directors from across the nation as influential individuals who serve on a board of directors for a healthcare organization and foster advance in culture, mission and performance. Rey currently serves as president of the publicly elected board of directors for Salinas Valley Health. He first joined Salinas Valley Health in 2012.

“Victor’s vision, leadership and keen ability to find common ground and forge consensus as a thoughtful leader is inspiring and commendable,” says Pete Delgado, president/CEO of Salinas Valley Health. “Victor has a genuine love for his community and the people he serves and is an exemplary ambassador for Salinas Valley Health. This honor by Modern Healthcare is well deserved.”

Rey’s leadership has been foundational to many of the successes of Salinas Valley Health and has gone far in advancing access to high-quality medical care and services for throughout Monterey County.

With a focus on strong financial stewardship, sustainable growth, health equity and an eye toward adaptability and innovation, Rey has been critical in shaping a culture of inclusion and furthering the vision at Salinas Valley Health of building a community where good health grows through every action, in every place, for every person.

Rey was early champion of our collaboration with Montage Health to form a united front for the good of the community. His success in bringing about this partnership has benefited thousands of residents through a range of programs, including Aspire Health plan, a non-profit organization offering benefits beyond traditional Medicare; the nationally recognized Monterey County Diabetes Collaborative and Blue Zones Project Monterey County, a comprehensive and transformative well-being dedicated to making the right choice for health and longevity, the easy choice

“Seismic change is underway within healthcare organizations, and it is the job of directors to steer these major employers in a direction that benefits both the bottom line and patients,” said Mary Ellen Podmolik, editor-in-chief of Modern Healthcare. “The 12 directors selected for our Excellence in Governance awards exemplify the commitment, vision and tenacity needed to address challenges head-on and better meet community needs.”

This year’s honorees are profiled in the July 17 issue of MH Magazine and online at

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