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International Heart Institute Names Leader

FaithSearch Partners is pleased to announce that its client, the Loma Linda University International Heart Institute, has selected Jon Gardner as its next Executive Director, effective June 5.

In this role, Gardner will also serve as the Adult and Pediatric cardiac service line leader at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). He will provide clinical and operational leadership to the Cardiac Medical Directors and directors and will oversee significant cardiac capital purchases and construction over the next four years. He will report to Trevor Wright, Chief Operating Officer for LLUMC.

“Jon has deep experience in cardiovascular service line operations, strategy and product line development,” said Ivan Bartolome, Senior Vice President at FaithSearch Partners. “Loma Linda University International Heart Institute is part of an outstanding teaching organization and has the distinction of being the first to perform a successful neonatal human-to-human heart transplant. With his insight and focus on mission, Jon will help guide Loma Linda’s International Heart Institute to advance its local and international work in cardiovascular care.”

Loma Linda University Heart Institute is part of Loma University Medical Center, which is a 922-bed academic teaching hospital in the Inland Empire region of southern California. The Medical Center is known to be a pioneer in pediatric heart transplantation. Currently, LLUMC is undergoing a $1.2 billion expansion on its main medical campus. For more information on Loma Linda University Medical Center, visit it at its website at

FaithSearch Partners is the leading executive search firm focused on faith-based hospitals, healthcare systems, colleges/universities, churches and ministries and is one of the ten largest healthcare executive search firms.  Based in Texas but with seven additional locations in the U.S., it was founded more than ten years ago.

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