The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has announced the selection of 30 health professionals for the ninth class of its Health Care Leadership Program. The program equips talented professionals with the skills needed to positively impact health care policy and delivery in California. Sponsored by CHCF, the program is administered by the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
“These leaders bring a broad range of experience as medical directors, administrators, and supervisors, as well as diverse fields of expertise including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, clinical informatics, public health, and business,” said Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. “In the nine years that we’ve supported this effort, we’ve been impressed with participants’ sustained commitment to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in California,” said Smith.
Over the course of two years, fellows convene in seminars led by nationally recognized health care and leadership development experts and faculty associated with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. The program addresses health care issues from business, leadership, and public policy perspectives. Participants learn to build and lead teams, manage complexity and change, understand and use financial management tools, and respond to the changing health care environment.
“The CHCF Health Care Leadership Program was and continues to be a transformational experience for me” said alumna Susan Ehrlich, M.D., M.P.P., CEO of the San Mateo Medical Center. “As a public hospital CEO and practicing primary care physician, I am deeply committed to improving the health of our communities and the quality, cost, and experience of health care. Through its network of fellows and alumni, I believe the program will make improvements of these types at every level of health care policy and operations throughout the state.”
CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Class of 2009-2011
Afshan Baig, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Clinica de Salud del Pueblo
Thomas Barber, M.D.
Associate Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente
Laurie Bauer, B.S.N., M.S.P.H.Quality and Compliance Officer, Ravenswood
Family Health Center
East Palo Alto
Patricia Bellas, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Medical Director, The Children’s Clinic
Lisa Benaron, M.D.
Medical Director, Far Northern Regional Center
Christine Castano, M.D.
Lead Physician, HealthCare Partners
J. Craig Collins, M.D., M.B.A.
Member, SCPMG Board of Directors; Surgical Residency Program Director; Assistant Chief of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente
Edwin Feliciano, M.D.
Medical Director, Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services
Susan Fernyak, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Health Officer, Director, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, San Francisco Dept of Public Health
Khim Fugate, M.H.A., B.S.N.
Chief Nursing Officer, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Paul Giboney, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero
Dawn Harbatkin, M.D.
Medical Director, Lyon-Martin Health Services
Richard Isaacs, M.D.
Physician-in-Chief and Chief of Staff Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento, The Permanente Medical Group