California Health Care Personnel News Roundup for April 2014
California HealthCare Foundation
On April 21, Sophia Chang was named vice president of programs at the California HealthCare Foundation. CHCF publishes California Healthline.
Chang previously served as CHCF's director for the Better Chronic Disease Care program from 2003 to 2013. She most recently served as vice president and medical director of population health solutions for Accretive Health (CHCF release, 4/21).
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
On Wednesday, C. Randal Mills was named president and CEO of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Mills formerly served as CEO of Osiris Therapeutics in Maryland and has been a member of CIRM's grant review board for five years (Morin/Brown, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 4/30).
California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Katherine Zalewski to the state Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
The position requires Senate confirmation, and compensation is $131,952 (Office of the Governor release, 4/30).
Department of Veterans Affairs Health System, Central California
Joanne Krumberger will step down from her position as director of the Department of Veterans Affairs health system in Central California next month.
She will become director of the Portland VA Medical Center (Francis, The Oregonian, 4/28).
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Nirav Shah has been named the next senior vice president and COO for clinical operations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's Southern California region.
In June, Shah will leave his current position as New York Health Commissioner (AP/Washington Times, 4/9).
On April 23, Jeffrey Gold was named president and COO of Redwood City-based Myoscience, a medical device maker.
Gold previously served as president and CEO at Velomedix and was a venture partner at Longitude Capital, both of which focus on medical technology and devices (Brown, San Francisco Business Times, 4/23).
Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services
On April 9, Dorian Kittrell announced he will resign from his position as mental health director for Sacramento County.
Next month, Kittrell will begin a new position as mental health director for Butte County (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/9).
In April, Cynthia Kenyon -- a biochemist and biophysicist, and a professor at UC-San Francisco -- left the university to join Google's Calico project, which aims to combat age-related diseases.
Kenyon since November 2013 had served as an adviser for Calico (Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, 4/20).
Ventura County Behavioral Health Department
On April 16, Meloney Roy was appointed chief deputy director for the Ventura County Health Care Agency.
Roy previously served as director of the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department (Ventura County Star, 4/16).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.