California Health Care Personnel News Update for January 2013
California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
On Jan. 17, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made three appointments to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission:
- David Gordon (D), who has served as the county superintendent at the Sacramento County Office of Education since 2004;
- LeeAnne Mallel (D), who has served as a psychological technician at a physician's office and a developmental floortime specialist in private practice since 2011; and
- Larry Poaster (D), who has served on the commission since 2007.
The positions do not require Senate confirmation, and there is no compensation (Office of the Governor release, 1/17).
California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board
On Jan. 16, Brown appointed Edwin Lowry (D) to the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board, where he has served since 2011.
The position requires Senate confirmation, and annual compensation is $111,845 (Office of the Governor release, 1/16).
The state Senate Rules Committee has appointed Ron Lind to the governing board of CalPERS, California's public employee retirement system.
Lind is president of Local 5 of the United Food and Commercial Workers in San Jose (Kasler, Sacramento Bee, 1/19).
Covered California -- the statewide health insurance exchange -- has hired two new staff members, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
The exchange has hired John Hiber as CFO. He has served as COO in the state controller's office since 2009. Hiber's salary is $149,000 annually.
The exchange also has hired Ken Wood as a consultant to serve as senior adviser for products, marketing and health plan relationships. Wood most recently served as CEO of the North Hawaii Community Hospital from 2010 to 2012 (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 1/7).
Dental Board of California
Last week, Brown made two appointments to the Dental Board ofÂ California:
- Kathleen King (D), who is the executive director of the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation and the former mayor of Saratoga; and
- Thomas Stewart (R), who has been a dentist in private practice since 1976.
The positions do not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $100 per diem (Office of the Governor release, 1/30).
On Jan. 2, Brown appointed Luis Dominicis (D) to the Dental Board of California.
Dominicis has served on the dental board since 2008 and has been in private practice since 1993.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $100 per diem (Office of the Governor release, 1/2).
Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa
The Grossmont Healthcare District board has selected its officers for 2013, U-T San Diego reports.
The appointments include:
- Michael Long -- a retired neurologist who has served on the board since May 2008 -- as president;
- Robert Ayres -- a retired banking executive who joined the board in December 2010 -- as vice president;
- Gloria Chadwick -- a retired psychiatric nurse who has served on the board since 1998 -- as secretary; and
- Michael Emerson -- an optician who has served on the board since 2008 -- as treasurer (Pearlman, U-T San Diego, 1/15).
Medical Board of California
On Wednesday, Gov. Brown appointed Felix Yip (R) to the Medical Board of California.
Since 1987, Yip has served as CEO at Felix Chi-Ming Yip MD Medical Clinic.
His new position requires Senate confirmation, and compensation is $100 per diem (Office of the Governor release, 1/30).
UC-Davis Health System
Last year, Claire Pomeroy -- director of the UC-Davis Health System -- announced that she would leave UC-Davis by June and assume a new role as president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation in New York.
Pomeroy has worked with UC-Davis since 2003 (Sacramento Business Journal, 1/23).
Yolo County Health Department
The Yolo County Health Department has appointed Constance Caldwell as public health officer. She has held the interim position since April 2012.
Caldwell has been a physician in the county health department for seven years and a consultant for the California Children's Services program.The part-time position pays between $142,584 and $173,316 annually (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 1/30). 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.