California Health Care Personnel News Roundup for July 2014
California Board of Psychology
On July 11, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Michael Erickson (D) to the state Board of Psychology.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $100 per diem (Office of the Governor release, 7/11).
California Department of Managed Health Care
On July 11, Brown appointed Marta Green as chief deputy director of the state Department of Managed Health Care.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $124,872 (Office of the Governor release, 7/11).
California Healthcare Institute
On July 21, the California Healthcare Institute announced it had elected three senior executives to serve on its board of directors:
- James Mazzo, operating partner at Versant Ventures;
- Shlomo Melmed, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of medical faculty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and
- Jim Meyers, senior vice president of commercial operations in North America at Gilead Sciences (CHI release, 7/21).
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has announced that NeuroSpine Institute Founder Robert Masson will join the organization's Scientific and Medical Research Funding Work Group.
The work group makes suggestions to the institute's governing body about the research grants it funds (Dyrda, "Spine Review," Becker's Hospital Review, 7/28).
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
On July 21, Brown made the following appointments to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities:
- Genevieve Hinson (D) to Area Board VIII;
- Rachel Osterbach (D) to Area Board XI;
- Nikko Da Paz (D) to Area Board VIII; and
- Robert Taylor to Area Board I.
The positions do not require Senate confirmation. Taylor will receive compensation of $100 per diem, while the other positions will receive no compensation (Office of the Governor release, 7/21).
HealthCare Partners, Torrance
Craig Samitt will step down as CEO of the DaVita's Torrance-based HealthCare Partners on Aug. 1.
DaVita CEO Kent Thiry will take over the role (Herman, Modern Healthcare, 7/18).
Eden Township Healthcare District
On July 16, the Eden Township Healthcare District board unanimously appointed Roxann Lewis as its newest member.
The appointment will last until the end of the year, and the seat will be up for election in November (Parr, Daily Review/Contra Costa Times, 7/17).
Los Alamitos Medical Center
On July 23, Los Alamitos Medical Center announced that Kent Clayton is its new CEO.
Clayton previously served as CEO of Placentia-Linda Hospital (LAMC release, 7/23).
On July 8, Merced County's Board of Supervisors unanimously confirmed the appointment of Yvonnia Brown as the county's mental health director.
If approved by the state Department of Health Care Services, Brown will take over the position on Aug. 4 (Giwargis, Merced Sun-Star/Sacramento Bee, 7/9).
UC-San Francisco School of Medicine
On July 9, the University of California announced that Sam Hawgood has been named chancellor of the university system.
Hawgood previously was interim chancellor of the UC-San Francisco School of Medicine (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/9).
UCSF regents set Hawgood's new salary at $750,000 (Gordon, Los Angeles Times, 7/17).
Scripps Research Institute
On July 21, Richard Gephardt, chair of the Scripps Research Institute board, announced that SRI President Michael Marletta will step down because of faculty discontent over attempts to sell or merge the institute with the University of Southern California.
Gephardt said SRI's board is working with Marletta on a potential transition plan (Fikes/Robbins, U-T San Diego, 7/21).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.