California Health Care Personnel News Update for January 2012
California Department of Managed Health Care
On Jan. 17, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Marta Bortner as deputy director of communications and planning at the state Department of Managed Health Care.
Bortner previously served as the associate secretary of media relations at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Her new position does not require Senate confirmation, and annual compensation is $95,808.
California Department of Mental Health
On Jan. 17, Brown appointed Kathryn Radtkey-Gaither (D) as chief deputy director of the state Department of Mental Health.
Since 2011, Radtkey-Gaither has served as acting chief deputy of the department. Her new position requires Senate confirmation, and annual compensation is $147,660.
California Health and Human Services Agency
On Jan. 17, Brown appointed Pamela Lane (R) as deputy secretary of California's health information exchange, based at the state's Health and Human Services AgencyÂ (Office of the Governor release, 1/17).
Since 2007, Lane has served as the vice president of health informatics at the California Hospital Association (Manos, Healthcare IT News, 1/19). Her new position does not require Senate confirmation, and annual compensation is $126,588 (Office of the Governor release, 1/17).
Dameron Hospital, Stockton
Dameron Hospital's emergency department has appointed Brad Reinke as its new chief medical officer, the Stockton Record reports.
Since 2003, Reinke has served as the director of Dameron Hospital's ED. Reinke did his residency in emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and did a fellowship in emergency medicine at Stanford University Medical Center (Stockton Record, 1/30).
El Camino Hospital, Los Gatos and Mountain View
On Jan. 24, El Camino Hospital announced that Uwe Kladde has resigned as a member of the hospital's board of directors, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports.
Kladde has been a member of the hospital'sÂ board since 2008 and its vice chair since 2010. Previously, he served as a representative on El Camino Hospital Foundation's board of directors.
Kladde is expected to continue serving as a member of the El Camino Hospital District Board, which is developing a plan to replace Kladde on the hospital board (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 1/25).
Marin County Department of Health and Human Services
Jason Eberhart-Phillips -- Marin County's public health officer -- resigned from his position at the end of January, the Marin Independent Journal reports.
Eberhart-Phillips -- who had served in the position since April 2011 -- said that he is "moving on to new and exciting things" but that he could not discuss the details of his plans. Larry Meredith -- director of Marin County's Department of Health and Human Services -- said county Medical Director Craig LindquistÂ is servingÂ as Marin County's interim public health officerÂ following Eberhart-Phillips' departure (Halstead, Marin Independent Journal, 1/20).
San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
On Jan. 17, Brown reappointed Alexander Sherriffs (D) to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District.
Sherriffs, a private practice physician in Fowler, has served as a member of the district since 2011. His position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation (Office of the Governor release, 1/17).
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Margaret Vosburgh has been named COO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics, effective Feb. 13, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Vosburgh previously served as executive vice president and COO of Boston-based Tufts Medical School. In her new role, Vosburgh will oversee operations at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, which recently started a $3.5 billion expansion and seismic upgrade project with the adjacent Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 1/23).
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine has hired Robert Harrington -- director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute -- as the new chair of its Department of Medicine, effective July 1, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Harrington is an interventional cardiologist and a clinical investigator specializing in heart disease. He has served as director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute for the last five years and as a faculty member of the Duke University School of Medicine since 1993. In his new role at Stanford, Harrington will chair a department with 220 faculty members in 14 divisions (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 1/31).
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
On Jan. 27, Brown appointed Molly Kennedy (D) as the Area Board 13 representative for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Kennedy previously served as director of San Mateo Medical Center's Health Care for the Homeless Program between 1997 and 2008. Her new position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $100 per diem (Office of the Governor release, 1/27).
On Jan. 17, Sutter Health announced four new members of its board of directors, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The new members are:
- Sharon McCollam, director, executive vice president, COO and CFO of Williams Sonoma;
- David Nasaw, co-founder and managing director of Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management;
- Joan Smith-Maclean, a family medicine physician and site director of the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program; and
- Barry Williams, president of Williams Pacific Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture investing and consulting company (Sacramento Bee, 1/19).
Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region
The Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region has named James Conforti as its regional president, effective March 1, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Conforti replaces Sarah Krevans, who on Jan. 1 became COO of the entire health Sutter Health system (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 1/26). Previously, Conforti served as CEO of Sutter's Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where he led the implementation of the hospital's electronic health record system (Smith, Sacramento Bee, 1/27).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.