About CalOptima

Lee Penrose

Health Care Executive

Lee Penrose

Lee Penrose has held positions in insurance, physician practice management and hospital administration. Most recently, he was regional Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Orange County/High Desert Service Area for Providence St. Joseph Health. Penrose previously held leadership positions at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, serving first as Chief Financial Officer from 2000–08, and then as President and CEO from 2008–16. While at St. Jude, he implemented strategies and initiatives to maintain high-quality care and fiscal strength during economically challenging times. His career also includes roles with FHP, Integrated Physician Services, Orange Coast Managed Care and St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. Penrose received a bachelor’s degree in business/economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from University of Maryland. He lives in Mission Viejo with his wife and two children. Penrose was appointed a CalOptima director in November 2011.

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