Health Care Personnel Update for April 2007
Adventist Health officials on April 5 announced that Robert Carmen will become president of the health care system by October. Carmen currently serves as executive vice president and COO of Adventist, where he has been employed since 1971.
Adventist owns 19 hospitals with 18,000 employees and numerous clinics in Hawaii, Oregon, Washington state and California (Smith, Sacramento Bee, 4/6).
Kaiser Permanente on April 3 announced the appointment of Jenny Ming to the board of directors of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. Ming was president of Old Navy from March 1999 to October 2006 and currently serves as board member of the Committee of 100, a national not-for-profit organization that deals with Chinese-American relations (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 4/3).
Hugh O'Brodovich has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University's School of Medicine and chief of staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a Stanford affiliate.
O'Brodovich previously served as chair of pediatrics at the University of Toronto and pediatrician-in-chief at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He will assume his duties at Stanford and Packard on Jan. 3, 2008 (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 4/24).
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on April 17 voted to replace Thomas Winston as CEO of the county-owned Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. William Foley was chosen as Winston's replacement.
Both Foley and Winston are employees of the Huron Consulting Group, which will manage the hospital through November 2008 under a contract with the county (San Jose Business Journal, 4/17).
Nancy Steiger on April 17 announced her resignation as CEO of San Mateo Medical Center and its network of 11 clinics, effective May 18. Steiger in July will start a new job as CEO and chief mission officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Washington state. She has served as CEO of SMMC since 2002.
The medical center has named COO Sang-ick Chang as interim CEO. There are no immediate plans to hire a permanent replacement (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 4/18).
B.A. Jinadu on April 11 announced his resignation as head of the Kern County Public Health Services Department and county health officer. He has been the county public health director for 19 years.
Jinadu is leaving to take over as public health officer for San Diego County. His last day in his Kern County position is June 1 (Burger/Hagedorn, Bakersfield Californian, 4/11).
Joel Klompus has been named president of Brown & Towland Medical Group. Klompus will succeed Lin Ho, who resigned as president, chair of the board and board member.
Klompus most recently worked as vice president and treasurer of the medical group, which officials say serves about 190,000 HMO enrollees and more than 80,000 PPO patients (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 4/30).
Ariella Birnbaum of Sacramento has been appointed assistant to the director of the Department of Health Services. Birnbaum previously has served as director of regulatory affairs at the California Association of Health Plans. She also has held positions at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and HHS. Senate confirmation is not required for the position. Compensation is $87,000 annually.
Karen Johnson (R) of El Dorado has been appointed chief deputy director for DHS. Johnson has worked as director of administration for the California State Board of Equalization and has held positions at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Senate confirmation is not required for the position, and annual compensation is $126,878.
Katie Trueworthy (D) of Sacramento has been appointed deputy director of legislative and government affairs for DHS. Trueworthy has worked as policy director for Local Health Plans of California and has worked at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Annual compensation is $95,500 for the position, for which Senate confirmation is not required (Office of the Governor release, 4/20).
Janet Huston (D) of Tustin has been appointed associate director of external affairs for the Department of Public Health. Huston since 2005 has served as director of communications and governmental affairs for the Department of Housing and Community Development. Senate confirmation is not required for the position, for which compensation is $109,296 per year (Office of the Governor release, 4/16).
Monica Wagoner (D) of Sacramento has been appointed deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs for the Department of Public Health. Wagoner since 2006 has served as senior legislative director of the California Restaurant Association and has worked for the American College of Emergency Physicians and Blue Shield of California. Senate confirmation is not required for the position, for which annual compensation is $105,000 (Office of the Governor release, 4/20).
Andrew Signey (D) of Long Beach has been appointed assistant secretary of program and fiscal affairs for the Health and Human Services Agency. Signey previously has worked as executive director of the Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services in Sacramento and has held positions at the Comprehensive AIDS Resource Education Program at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach. Compensation for the position is $111,680 annually. Senate confirmation is not required (Office of the Governor release, 4/16).
William Ing of Sacramento has been appointed special assistant to the secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency. Ing previously has held several positions for CaliforniaVolunteers. Senate confirmation is not required for the position, for which annual compensation is $58,744.
Maria Giuriato (D) of Salinas has been appointed executive director for the Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Giuriato since 1998 has served as community relations director and public information officer for the Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services and is a former member of the Salinas City Council. Senate confirmation is not required for this position. Compensation is $105,300 per year (Office of the Governor release, 4/20).
Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo on April 10 announced that Irwin Hansen has resigned as CEO (Lochner, Contra Costa Times, 4/10). Hansen will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is named (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 4/10).
The Health Trust on April 3 announced that Gary Allen will retire as CEO at the end of June. Allen was the founding CEO of the organization, which was formed in 1996 with proceeds from the sale of Good Samaritan Health System to HCA.
The Health Trust said COO Todd Hansen will assume day-to-day leadership of the organization while Allen focuses on completing several projects before his departure (San Jose Business Journal, 4/4).
The Integrated Healthcare Association on April 30 elected Marjorie Ginsburg and John Wray to its board of directors.
Ginsburg is the founding executive director of Sacramento Healthcare Decisions, a health policy organization.
Wray is the senior vice president of Managed Care at Catholic Healthcare West, a hospital company (Integrated Healthcare Association release, 4/30).