Michael Rembis, FACHE
Corporate Chief Executive Officer
Michael Rembis brings to Avanti over 25 years of executive level hospital leadership in the Southern California region, including holding top administrative positions at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Riverside Community Hospital, Centinela Freeman Health System and JFK Medical Center. He also held administrative posts at Tenet Healthcare System hospitals in San Diego.
Rembis began his career in 1978 at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. A native of Southern California, he attended UCLA and earned a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration at the University of Southern California.
Rembis is the immediate past chairman of Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH) and is currently a residing board member for L.A. Care and McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
In addition, Michael has served as a Board member of HASC, CHA, CAHHS and served on Regional Policy Board 9 for AHA.
Michael and his wife Kris live in Tarzana and they have two daughters and a son.
Steven R. Blake, FHFMA, CPA, CGMA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Blake is currently President and Owner of an accountancy corporation, licensed in the State of California. In this capacity he offers services as a financial advisor to healthcare organizations.
Previously, he served as the as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance of IHHI (then a public company) for over 9 years. He also served as Regional Vice President of Finance for Tenet, a position he held for over 17 years. In this position, Mr. Blake was responsible for the financial management of numerous Tenet assets covering five western states (California, Arizona, Washington, Nebraska and Texas). The IHHI hospitals were also assigned to him during part of his tenure with Tenet.
He is a California licensed Certified Public Accountant and includes 7 years public accounting experience with international firms. Mr. Blake has over 30 years of experience in multi-hospital financial management, including experience in financial management roles with public companies.
Concurrent with his MBA studies, Mr. Blake was a Research Assistant for the Health Policy Analysis Program - an advisory group to the Washington State Legislature and the Washington State Department of Health Services.
Mr. Blake is past president and chapter advisor for the Southern California Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association; a member of the AICPA Health Care Expert Panel and the AICPA Healthcare Conference Education Committee; a former member of the audit committee for the Hospital Association of Southern California and former trustee for the California Hospital Association
- President-Owner of Steven R. Blake CPA (Accountancy Corporation)
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member of the Healthcare Expert Panel, contributing reviewer for AICPA 2014/15 Audit Risk Alert – Health Care Industry Developments and the Audit and Accounting Guide- Health Care Entities 2014. Member of the Healthcare Conference Education Committee 2015.
- Healthcare Financial Management Association, Southern California Chapter Past President, Chapter Advisor, LINK Committee Chair, Medal of Honor Recipient
- California Society of Certified Public Accountants
- California Hospital Association, Past Trustee
- Certified Global Management Accountant
- Health Care Executives of Southern California [HCE/ACHE]
- Hospital Association of Southern California, Past Audit Committee Member
- Certified Public Accountant: California License # 45961, Active
Chief Human Resources Officer
Paul Celuch brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, including responsibilities in the areas of human resources, recruitment, benefit planning, employee relations and organizational improvement. Prior to joining Avanti, Paul served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital – Keck Medicine of USC where he was responsible for all human resources programs including benefit cost containment, organizational development, and mergers and acquisition activities. Before moving into healthcare, Paul held executive-level positions within the information technology and financial services industries. He received his BS from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and his MS from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Paul also completed the Advanced Human Resources Management Program offered through University of California, Los Angeles.
Chief Information Officer
Jason Cervantes is an experienced, results-driven leader who brings more than 15 years of experience within the healthcare information technology field to Avanti Hospitals. Prior to joining Avanti, he served as the Director of Information Technology at Antelope Valley Hospital, where he successfully managed multi-million dollar technology initiatives, spanning development, implementation and rollout. By taking a focused, interdisciplinary approach, Jason has a proven track record of leading full-hospital information system replacements, as well as the implementations of bedside barcode medication administration, electronic health records and computerized physician order entry.