California Health Care Personnel News Update for April 2010
Buck Institute for Age Research
James Kovach, president and COO of the Buck Institute for Age Research, has moved out of day-to-day management and into business development, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Kovach had been COO and president of the institute since 2005.
Mary McEachron, a partner in the law firm Hanson Bridgett, temporarily will serve in the COO position (Brown, San Francisco Business Times, 4/7).
California Commission on Aging
On April 6, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) named Rafael Cosio (D), James Davis (R), Michael DeNunzio (R), Karen Josephson (R), Marian Last (D), Richard Lundin (R), Barbara Mitchell (D), Sharon Monck (R), Cheryl Phillips (R), Carlos Rodriguez (R), Havard Staggs (R) and Donna Ueland (R) to the California Commission on Aging.
The positions do not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation (Office of the Governor release, 4/6).
California Public Employees' Retirement System
The California Public Employees' Retirement System has appointed Larry Jensen as assistant executive officer of the group's Administrative Services Branch, Kim Malm as interim assistant executive officer for the Health Benefits Branch, Alan Milligan as CalPERS interim chief actuary and Danny Brown as chief of the Office of Governmental Affairs (CalPERS release, 4/12).
Department of Rehabilitation
On April 21, Schwarzenegger named Joe Xavier deputy director of the Division of Specialized Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the Department of Rehabilitation.
Xavier previously served as the deputy director of independent living and external affairs for the department.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and annual compensation is $95,964 (Office of the Governor release, 4/21).Â
HHS' Region IX
On April 6, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the appointment of California Recovery Task Force Director Herb Schultz as director of HHS' Region IX, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Region IX includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and U.S. territories in the Pacific.
Schultz previously served as a senior health policy adviser to Schwarzenegger (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 4/6).
Lakewood Regional Medical Center
Tenet Healthcare's 157-bed Lakewood Regional Medical Center recently tapped Joseph Badalian to serve as CEO, Modern Healthcare reports.
Previously, Badalian served as the COO of Tenet's 114-bed Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton. He also has held executive positions at two Los Angeles hospitals that Tenet eventually sold to the University of Southern California (Galloro, Modern Healthcare, 4/28).
Office of the Insurance Advisor for the State and Consumer Services Agency
On April 21, Schwarzenegger appointed Randall Ward (R) as director of the Office of the Insurance Advisor for the State and Consumer Services Agency. Ward previously served as staff finance budget analyst for the Department of Finance.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and annual compensation is $81,406 (Office of the Governor release, 4/21).
Osteopathic Medical Board of California
On April 21, Schwarzenegger named Koren Barrett (D), Joseph Provenzano (R), Veronica Vuksich (D) and Gregory Weisswasser to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.
The positions do not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation (Office of the Governor release, 4/21).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.