California Health Care Personnel News Update for February 2012
California Department of Industrial Relations-Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
On Feb. 13, Gov. Jerry Brown (D)Â appointed Marguerite Sweeney (D) to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of the California Department of Industrial Relations.Â
Since 1990, she has served as the principal attorney at the Law Office of Marguerite Sweeney.
The position requires Senate confirmation, and annual compensation is $128,109.
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
On Feb. 13, Brown appointed Stewart Black (R) as deputy director for the Site Mitigation and Brownfields Reuse Program of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
Since 1999, Black has served in several DTSC roles, including acting deputy director.
The new position requires Senate confirmation, and annual compensation is $138,480 (Office of the Governor release, 2/13).
California Hospital Association
David Perrott has been named the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the California Hospital Association, Modern Healthcare reports.
Perrott recently served as vice president and chief medical officer at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. He replaces Dorel Harms, who recently retired as senior vice president of clinical services (Blesch, Modern Healthcare, 2/3).
California Rehabilitation Appeals Board
On Feb. 1, Gov. Brown appointed Fred Dominguez (R)Â as chair of the state Rehabilitation Appeals Board. Dominguez has been a consultant for Administrative Solutions and Resources since 2004 and worked at the Department of Rehabilitation between 1977 and 2004.
Brown also appointed Fred Dickinson (D) to the Rehabilitation Appeals Board. Dickinson worked in several positions at the Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living in Modesto between 1989 and 2008.
The new appointments do not require Senate confirmation, and their compensation is $100 per diem (Office of the Governor release, 2/1).
Timothy Taylor has been appointed chief ofÂ CalPERS' enterprise solutions development division where he will oversee the public pension system's cloud computing projects, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Taylor has worked at CalPERS for 14 years. He replaces Ron Reagan, who retired last year (Anderson, Sacramento Business Journal, 2/17).
Dental Hygiene Committee of California
On Feb. 10, Gov. Brown appointed Evangeline Ward, a dental hygienist, to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $100 per diem (Office of the Governor release, 2/10).
Randy Scott, executive chair of clinical laboratory services company Genomic Health, is retiring from his position to serve as CEO of a new subsidiary of Genomic, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
The new company -- the name of which has not been disclosed -- was established on March 1 with $20 million from Genomic Health. ItÂ isÂ expected toÂ focus on medical applications of the human genome and will startÂ providing commercial services beginning in 2013.
Scott will continue to serve on Genomic Health's board (Leuty, San Francisco Business Times, 2/6).
Hill Physicians Medical Group
Steve McDermott, CEO of Hill Physicians Medical Group, has announced heÂ plans toÂ retire at the end of March, Payers & Providers reports.
He co-founded PriMed, Hill's management company, in the 1980s. McDermott will continue to serve as chair of PriMed.
Hill Physicians COO Darryl Cardoza will replace McDermott as CEO of the medical groupÂ (Payers & Providers, 2/9).
Simi Valley Hospital
On Feb. 27, Darwin Remboldt -- president of Simi Valley Hospital -- announced his resignation in a letter to physicians and employees, citing family health reasons, the Ventura County Star reports.
RemboltÂ originally served as the hospital's president and CEO from 1984 to 1989. HeÂ returned to serve asÂ president of the hospital in 2008 (Kisken, Ventura County Star, 2/28).
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
On Feb. 2, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed April Lopez to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Lopez is the owner of Stadium Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Rehabilitation, where she has worked since 1998. Her new position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per diem.
Brown also appointed:
- Lisa Davidson (R), a team manager at State Farm Insurance, to the council's Area Board 10;
- Chad Skopp (D), a composer at Sound Approach Music Publishing, to the council's Area Board 9; and
- Sandra Smith (D), the office manager at Visiting Angels, to the council's Area Board 3.
The appointments for Davidson, Skopp and Smith do not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation (Office of the Governor release, 2/2).
State Personnel Board
On Feb. 1, Brown appointed Kimiko Burton (D) to the State Personnel Board.
Since 2003, Burton has served as deputy city attorney for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
The position requires Senate confirmation, and annual compensation is $40,668 (Office of the Governor release, 2/1).
Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region
James Conforti -- CEO of Sutter's Memorial Medical Center -- this month will take on the position of regional president for the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, the Modesto Bee reports.
In his new role, Conforti will work to redesign health care delivery to prepare the health system for changes expected under the federal health reform law and cuts in government reimbursements.He previously worked as CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (Carlson, Modesto Bee, 2/21). 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.