Flo DiBenedetto, JD, MBA
Former SVP and General Counsel
Florence L. Di Benedetto joined Sutter Health in October, 2008. Prior to joining Sutter Health, Ms. Di Benedetto was a senior partner of the Sacramento based law firm Hunter Richey Di Benedetto & Eisenbeis, LLP. She started the firm’s litigation practice and chaired the litigation section, trying cases in state and federal court and in a variety of administrative tribunals. She then served more than ten years as the firm’s health law section senior partner, representing clients across the State of California, including Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Stanford, and John Muir Health System.
At Sutter Health, Ms. Di Benedetto had accountability for the Office of the General Counsel, which included Legal Services (a multispecialty group of attorneys and other professionals who provide the majority of all legal services to the organization), Risk Services (including Sutter Insurance Services Corporation (“SISCO”), a captive insurance company, and Sutter Health Emergency Management System (“SHEMS”), a centralized incident command operation which provides an organized structure to assist affiliates in maintaining optimal patient care in the event of a catastrophe), and Privacy and Information Security, including cyber security. From 2009-2018, Ms. Di Benedetto had accountability for the Ethics and Compliance Program. Ms. Di Benedetto reports directly to the Sutter Health President and CEO and serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, which has accountability for the strategic and operational direction of the organization, and the Senior Leadership Team, which operates as a broader advisory group. She serves as a strategic business advisor to the President and CEO and other members of senior leadership. Ms. Di Benedetto provides primary advice and counsel to the Sutter Health Board (“Board”) and Board Committees, including Finance, Audit and Compliance, Governance, and Compensation. She manages a department of approximately 360 team members, and a budget of approximately $85M. In addition to her traditional General Counsel duties, Ms. Di Benedetto is the Executive Sponsor of the Leadership Academy, a ten (10) month intensive leadership development program offered to a small, elite group of rising leaders hand selected by the Executive Leadership Team. For many years, she also served as the Executive Sponsor of the Administrative Fellow Program and Summer Intern Program. She also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Military and Veterans Inclusion Resource Group.
Ms. Di Benedetto earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and studied economics and economic planning at London University and the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw, Poland. She earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco and her M.B.A. in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University.
For many years, Ms. Di Benedetto served in the leadership ranks of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, including serving as the Chairman of the Board in 2005-2006.
From 1992 – 1999, Ms. Di Benedetto served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, where she taught basic and advanced Health Law classes. She also taught Health Law in the MBA, MHA and MPH programs at the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, and Chapman University.
Ms. Di Benedetto is a Commercial Pilot with Flight Instructor, Flight Instructor – Instrument, and Flight Instructor – Multiengine ratings, and an avid downhill skier.