Receiver Selected for Prison Health Care System
A federal judge on Tuesday is expected to announce the appointment of Bob Sillen, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System director, as the federal receiver in charge of reforming the state's prison health system, the Los Angeles Times reports. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson placed the state prison health care system in federal receivership last July.
Sources familiar with the selection process said Henderson this week will issue an order detailing Sillen's authority in managing prison healthcare, including decisions related to medical staffing, treatment standards and contracts with outside hospitals (Warren, Los Angeles Times, 2/12).
Sillen on Friday announced his resignation as SCVHHS director. Sillen indicated that his new position would involve health care for a not-for-profit institution and a "major turnaround effort" (Feder Ostrov, San Jose Mercury News, 2/11).
Sillen previously held top positions at the University of California-San Diego Medical Center and has served as director of the SCVHHS since 1993 (Los Angeles Times, 2/12).