Barbara Saak is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Saak holds significant expertise in the areas of corporate and regulatory compliance, risk management, quality and healthcare operations. In addition to her expansive background in operational leadership, Saak is also a registered nurse, adding a deeper level of knowledge and understanding to her role as CEO of Laguna Treatment Hospital.

Prior to joining Laguna Treatment Hospital, a considerable portion of Saak’s career required her to be responsible for governing the clinical quality and regulatory compliance initiatives for a number of hospital systems, including Loma Linda University Health and numerous facilities within the multinational healthcare services system Tenet Healthcare. For multiple organizations, Saak was responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring regulatory compliance measures at the corporate, state and federal levels, managing operational privacy and information security, and ensuring rigorous quality of care standards were met.

Career Highlights

  • VP of Compliance, KabaFusion (2020 – 2021)
  • Executive Director, Loma Linda University Health (2018 – 2020)
  • Risk and Regulatory Affairs, University of California, Irvine (2016 – 2018)
  • VP of Compliance, Convalo Health International Corp. (2015 – 2016)

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Compliance
  • Risk Assessment/Management
  • Patient Safety
  • Clinical Quality

Credentials and Education

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration – California State University, Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing – University of Central Missouri
  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional
  • Certified in Health Care Compliance
  • Board Member – American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Kansas City Chapter
  • Board Member – Women’s Transitional Living Center, Fullerton, CA

Books, Publications and/or other Media

  • “How to Respond to Regulatory Investigations,” Health Care Compliance Academy, August, 2012
  • Factors Affecting Parents Decision to Vaccinate Their Daughters for HPV, Thesis, 2011