California Health Care Personnel News Update for September 2013
Adventist Health, Roseville
On Sept. 17, Robert Carmen announced that he will retire as president and CEO of Adventist Health in Roseville.
His retirement will be effective in April 2014 (Arns, Sacramento Business Journal, 9/17).
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton
On Sept. 9, Richard Pitts was named medical director at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
He replaces Emily Ebert, who was acting medical director since January.
Pitts formerly was assistant medical director for Kaiser Permanente's Orange County service area (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 9/3).
California Board of Optometry
On Sept. 11, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Bruce Givner (D) to the state Board of Optometry.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $100 per diem.
California Board of State and Community Corrections
On Sept. 11, Brown appointed Michelle Brown (R) to the California Board of State and Community Corrections.
The position requires Senate confirmation, and there is no compensation (Office of the Governor release, 9/11).
California Department of Insurance
On Sept. 24, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) appointed Eric Weirich as the deputy commissioner of the enforcement branch of the state Department of Insurance.
Weirich previously was fraud division chief at DOI (Workers Compensation, 9/25).
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
On Sept. 11, Brown appointed Julian Leichty (D) as special assistant at the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
Leichty has been an executive fellow at the state Environmental Protection Agency since 2012.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $62,952 (Office of the Governor release, 9/11).
Corona Regional Medical Center
On Sept. 3, Jared Giles was named interim CEO at Corona Regional Medical Center.
The move came after former CEO Kevan Metcalfe resigned.
Giles previously was COO at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta (Fischetti, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 9/10).
On Aug. 23, Cecilia Montalvo was named vice president of business development at Kaiser Permanente's corporate headquarters in Oakland.
She previously was regional vice president for strategic planning and business development at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Rauber , San Francisco Business Times, 9/13).
On Sept. 13, Karen Emmons was named vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute at the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Emmons also will serve as associate dean for research at the School of Public Health (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 9/4).
Kern Medical Center
On Sept. 9, the Kern County Medical Board unanimously voted to fire Paul Hensler, CEO of Kern Medical Center.
The vote came after the board discovered that the hospital had made erroneous cash flow projections as early as 2006 (Shinkman, Payers & Providers, 9/12).
McKesson, San Francisco
On Sept. 30, McKesson announced that James Beer will take over as CFO and executive vice president on Oct. 9.
Beer also will join the company's executive committee, and his salary will be $800,000.
He previously was the executive vice president and CFP at Symantec (Rauber , San Francisco Business Times, 9/30).
River City Medical Group, Sacramento
Ted Fong has announced that he will step down as COO of River City Medical Group in Sacramento, effective in early October.
Fong has held the position since January 2012.
He will be replaced by Kendrick Que, former regional director at Dignity Health in Sacramento (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 9/4).
Riverside Community Hospital
On Sept. 23, Kenneth Dozier was named chief medical officer at Riverside Community Hospital.
Dozier previously served as chair of the hospital's medical executive board until December 2012 (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 8/30).
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
On Sept. 12, Stanford Hospital & Clinics announced two appointments:
- Pravene Nath was named CIO; and
- Christopher Sharp was named CMIO.
Nath previously was interim CIO at the health system after Carolyn Byerly's resignation in January.
Sharp previously was the associate CMIO at the health system (Rauber , San Francisco Business Times, 9/13).
On Sept. 30, Kelvin Lam was named chief medical officer of Sutter Health's West Bay region, effective Oct. 21.
Lam currently serves as chief medical officer for SutterSelect and Total Health and Productivity Management at the company's headquarters in Sacramento. He also is vice president of network performance at Sutter Medical Network (Rauber , San Francisco Business Times, 9/30).
UC-Davis School of Medicine
On Sept. 17, Julie Freischlag was named dean of the UC-Davis School of Medicine.
In the position, Freischlag also will serve as vice chancellor of the university's health system, which includes the medical school, UC-Davis Medical Center, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC-Davis Medical Group (Craft, Sacramento Bee, 9/17).
Veterans Home of California, Fresno
On Sept. 11, Brown appointed Rojirio De La Cerda (D) as administrator of the Veterans Home of California in Fresno.
De La Cerda previously was a correctional health services administrator at the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $120,000 (Office of the Governor release, 9/11).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.