Natividad CEO Dr. Gary R. Gray Announces Retirement

  • March 25, 2021

Natividad CEO Dr. Gary R. Gray announced today at an all-staff virtual meeting that he is retiring from Natividad on June 5, 2021.

“Natividad has benefitted from Dr. Gray’s expertise as both a doctor and a leader. The Natividad board and our many partners and staff have enjoyed working with him and are grateful for his enormous contributions to the hospital,” said Natividad Board Chair Marcia Atkinson, CPA.

“Dr. Gray’s vision and leadership in service to the health of all Monterey County residents has been nothing short of extraordinary. His calm focus has elevated the reputation of Natividad as he navigated complex health care challenges, including the unprecedented pandemic this past year,” said Monterey County Board of Supervisors Chair Wendy Root Askew. “We wish Dr. Gray the very best as he enjoys a well-earned retirement.”

Dr. Gray has served 11 years in administration and nearly another decade in clinical and other roles at Natividad. He was CEO for six years and played a critical role in receiving the hospital’s designation as a Level II Trauma Center in 2015. Dr. Gray also served as Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program.

“The COVID-19 pandemic will lead to sweeping changes in health care delivery. The post-pandemic period will present many opportunities to shape a new future for health care,” Dr. Gray said. “Natividad has a historic opportunity to ensure health for all, promote integrated care, and leverage technology to improve health care portability and quality. It was a difficult and personal decision to step aside, though now is an ideal time for new leadership and new ideas.”

Dr. Gray said he plans to focus his remaining time at Natividad finishing projects and working with our Board of Trustees and the Board of Supervisors on transition planning.

“My exceptional colleagues make our hospital a special place,” Dr. Gray said. “I am grateful for what we accomplished and the friendships forged, and will continue to cheer for Natividad from the sidelines.”