California Health Care Personnel News Update for November 2010
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley
Three top executives at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center recently resigned for what the hospital's parent company Sutter Health called "personal reasons," the San Francisco Business Times reports.
The departing officials are:
- John Gentile, vice president of medical affairs, who resigned effective Oct. 22;
- Warren Kirk, CEO, who resigned on Oct. 15; and
- Vic Meinke, vice president of business development, who resigned effective Oct. 22.
Ed Berdick, president of Sutter Health's East Bay Region, said Sutter executive David Bradley will replace Kirk on an interim basis. Kirk's resignation came 10 days prior to a groundbreaking ceremony for a $350 million patient care pavilion at Alta Bates' Oakland campus (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 11/12).
Brown & Toland Physicians, San Francisco
On Nov. 17, Brown & Toland Physicians announced that Richard Fish will assume the role of CEO starting Jan. 1, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Fish currently serves as the independent practice association's senior vice president. He will replace departing CEO Gloria Austin, who has served as the group's CEO since 2000 (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 11/17).
California Endowment, Sacramento
The California Endowment, a private health care foundation, recently named Richard Figueroa to serve as program manager for health reform in its Sacramento office, the Sacramento Bee reports (Sacramento Bee, 11/15).
Figueroa previously served for four years as a health care adviser and deputy cabinet secretary in the office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). He also worked as legislative director for the office of former California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi (D) (California Endowment release, 11/10).
The California Endowment also recently appointed:
- Lizelda LÃ³pez as public affairs manager. LÃ³pez previously served as deputy director of public affairs and outreach programs at the California Department of Social Services (California Endowment release, 10/26);
- Marlon Cuellar as program manager for health systems with its Building Healthy Communities initiative. Cuellar previously served as legislative assistant for Assembly member Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista) (California Endowment release , 10/26); and
- Albert Maldonado as program manager for the Building Healthy Communities plan in Central/ Southeast/Southwest Fresno. Maldonado previously served as senior director of programs at the Youth Leadership Institute (California Endowment release , 10/26).
California Regional Action Coalition
Heather Young has been appointed to the California Regional Action Coalition of the Institute of Medicine's Initiative on the Future of Nursing, the Woodland Daily Democrat reports.
Young serves as the associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC-Davis. She joins seven other members of the California action coalition, which is one of five regional coalitions nationwide. The coalitions aim to implement recommendations from a recent report by the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Woodland Daily Democrat, 12/1).
Clinic Ole, Napa
Tanir Ami has been selected to serve as CEO of Napa's Clinic Ole effective Jan. 31, the Napa Valley Register reports.
Ami will replace retiring CEO Beatrice Bostick.Â Previously, Ami served as executive director of the Richmond-based Community Clinic Consortium. She also has worked as a program officer at the Blue Shield of California Foundation's Center for HealthCare Access (Huffman, Napa Valley Register, 11/16).
Council on Mentally Ill Offenders
On Nov. 22, Schwarzenegger appointed Jon De Morales (R) to the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders.
Since 2007, De Morales has served as assistant deputy director of long-term care services at the state Department of Mental Health. His new role is unpaid and does not require Senate confirmation (Office of the Governor release, 11/22).
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
On Dec. 3, Carol Meyer retired as chief of operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the Los Angeles Times "L.A. Now" reports.
During her 36-year tenure with Los Angeles County, Meyer helped manage the county's public hospital system and clinical system. In 2009, Meyer was one of the 200 highest paid officials in the county, earning about $260,000 (Lin, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/30).
Los Medanos Healthcare District, Pittsburg
Two incumbents recently won seats on the Los Medanos Healthcare District board, along with one challenger, the Contra Costa Times reports.
The three seats went to:
- Marilyn Condit, an incumbent;
- Eva Zendejas Vera, an incumbent; and
- Linda Strong, one of four challengers competing with the two incumbents for three board seats.
The district allocates grants for programs that strive to improve health care in Pittsburg and the surrounding areas (Radin, Contra Costa Times, 11/2).
Mercy Foundation, Rancho Cordova
Mercy Foundation recently named Linda Cutler president and CEO effective Dec. 1, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. The not-for-profit foundation raises funds to support Mercy Hospitals and other health care initiatives in the Sacramento region.
Cutler recently served as of vice president of corporate responsibility at GenCorp, where she managed the GenCorp Foundation. Cutler also is the immediate past president of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Cutler succeeds Sister Bridget McCarthy, who announced her resignation as CEO in June (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 11/2).
Mercy Foundation also recently hired John McIntyre as chief philanthropy officer.Â McIntyre previously served as assistant dean for strategic marketing and communication at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (Mercy Foundation release, 10/20).
Navigant Consulting, San Francisco
On Nov. 10, Navigant announced that Christine Malcolm will join its Healthcare Practice as managing director and West Coast health care leader in San Francisco.
Malcolm previously served as senior vice president for hospital strategy and national facilities at Kaiser Permanente. She also has served as senior vice president of strategy, marketing and program development at Rush University Medical Center (Navigant release, 11/10).
Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services has named Michael Hunn senior vice president and CEO of its California region, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hunn currently serves as CEO of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He has served as CEO of 12 medical centers over the past 19 years, primarily in Southern California. In his new role, Hunn will oversee Providence hospitals in Burbank, Mission Hills, Tarzana, Torrance and San Pedro (Helfand, Los Angeles Times, 11/12).
On Jan. 1, Arthur Kellermann will start a new position as director and vice president of RAND Health, the health research division of the RAND Corporation.
Kellermann joined RAND last year after being appointed to the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis. Previously, he served as Emory University School of Medicine's first associate dean for health policy.
Kellermann will succeed Robert Brook, who held the position for 19 years. Brook now will serve as a senior adviser at RAND. Brook also will continue serving as a professor of medicine and health services at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences and as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at UCLA (RAND release, 11/17).
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
On Oct. 27, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego announced that Charles Day would serve as its president and CEO effective Dec. 1, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He replaces Bill Lennartz, who has retired after serving in the position for more than three years.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging for families of children hospitalized for life-threatening illness. Previously, Day served as vice president of philanthropy for Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Rady Children's Hospital. (Lavelle, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/27).
San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland
Steven Moreau, president and CEO of San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, is expected to leave his post in early December to become president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, the San Bernardino County Sun reports.
Moreau has held the top administrator position at San Antonio Community Hospital for five and a half years. Vincent Leist, COO of San Antonio Community Hospital, will serve as the hospital's interim CEO (Emerson, San Bernardino County Sun, 11/15).
Solano County Health & Social Services
Solano County recently named Bela Matyas its new health officer, the Vallejo Times Herald reports. Matyas previously worked with the state Department of Public Health as acting chief of the Communicable Disease Emergency Response Branch and chief of the Disease Investigation Section.
Matyas started his new role on Nov. 15. He replaced Ronald Chapman, who left the post in June (Rohrs, Vallejo Times Herald, 11/26).
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
On Nov. 12, Stanford Hospital & Clinics announced that its board had named Amir Dan Rubin president and CEO effective Jan. 3, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Rubin currently serves as COO at the 832-bed UCLA Health System, where he oversees more than 8,000 employees and manages an operating budget of $1.6 billion. Rubin will replace Martha Marsh, who retired as CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics in September (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 11/12).
United Nurses Associations of California /Union of Health Care Professionals
The United Nurses Associations of California /Union of Health Care Professionals recently named Barbara Lewis director of collective bargaining and representation services. In her new role, Lewis will work with affiliate leadership of UNAC/UHCP to strengthen the union's representation and collective bargaining programs. Lewis previously held a position with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (UNAC/UHCP release, 11/4).
Also joining UNAC/UHCP is Rob Penney, who will serve as the union's organizing director. He will manage the union's organizing program and help build local leadership at UNAC/UHCP affiliates. Penney previously served as an organizer for the health care division of Service Employees International Union (UNAC/UHCP release, 11/1).
West Coast University
Rosanne Curtis and Cathy Earl recently accepted academic leadership positions at West Coast University.
On Nov. 1, Curtis became the dean of nursing at WCU's Los Angeles campus. Previously, Curtis served as dean of nursing at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.
Earl has become the dean of nursing at WCU's Ontario campus. Earl previously served as chair and tenured professor at the School of Nursing for Weber State University in Utah (West Coast University release, 11/2).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.