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Change Agent Program Announces Cohort 2!

April 19, 2010
For Immediate Release:
April 19th, 2010

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected the Change Agent Program’s Cohort 2 at the Center. The program, launched in 2009, aims to measurably improve quality and safety in Bay Area hospitals by equipping participants with the leadership and change management skills needed to affect and sustain positive change—regardless of their position within a hospital.

CAP is a unique inter-disciplinary training program developing and supporting emerging hospital leaders in all departments, particularly those with a passion and vision for change. Over the next 12 months, participants in the Change Agent Program will attend 5 seminars, that include project management, strategy development, communication, and applying their new skills to two patient improvement projects in their hospitals for a 24-month project period. The program is administered by the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco.

Change Agent Program (CAP) Cohort 2:

Alameda County
Indhu Subramanian (Alameda County Medical Center) - Attending Physician; Medical Director - Step Down Unit
Angie Polk (Alameda County Medical Center), - Registered Nurse
Marilyn McCartney (Alameda County Medical Center) - Physician
Akberet Tekeste (Alameda County Medical Center) - Nursing House Supervisor Administration
Christine O'Dell (Alameda County Medical Center) - Assistant Nurse Manager of Emergency Department
Paula Nehrling (Alameda County Medical Center) - Assistant Nurse Manager
Gurpreet Johal (Alameda County Medical Center) - Director of Pharmacy
Elinore Ramas (Kaiser Permanente - Fremont Medical Center) - Department Manager
Deborah Rangel (Kaiser Permanente Oakland) - Associate Medical Group Administrator
Saralinda Jackson (Kaiser Permanente Oakland) - Assistant Medical Group Administrator
Catherine Camenga (Sutter East Bay Hospitals) - East Bay Regional Director Quality Management & Patient Safety
Jennifer Berg (ValleyCare Health Systems - Valley Memorial) - Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse and relief Assistant Director of Nursing (Nursing Supervisor)

San Francisco County
Roxanne Schulkin (Saint Francis Memorial Hospital) - Supervisor
Shay Strachan (Saint Francis Memorial Hospital) - Director of Strategy & Business Development
Heather Kerrigan (Saint Francis Memorial Hospital) - Pre-Admit Facilitator
Josh Luria (San Francisco General Hospital) Senior Physical Therapist
Jens Krombach (San Francisco General Hospital) - Medical Director Perioperative Services; Clinical Director Anesthesia SFGH
Rafael Ibarra (San Francisco General Hospital) - Interim Director of Radiology
Ocean Berg (San Francisco General Hospital) - Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sarah Cary (San Francisco General Hospital) - Lead CRNA
Kathryn Ballou (San Francisco General Hospital) - Nursing Director, Behavioral Health
Troy Williams (San Francisco General Hospital) - Director, Risk Management
Amit Mohan (St. Mary's Medical Center) - Director, Rehab Services
Eric McNey (UCSF Medical Center) - Principal Admitting Worker - Supervisor
Sylvia Andrade (UCSF Medical Center) - Hospital Nursing Supervisor
Michael Hwa (UCSF Medical Center) - Assistant Chief of the Medical Service, Assistant Clinical Professor

San Mateo County
Karen Sheng (Mills-Peninsula Health Services) - Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Tony Washington (San Mateo Medical Center) - Director of Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition Services, and Safety
Jonathan Lee (San Mateo Medical Center) - Medical Director, North County Clinics and Chair, Department of Primary Care and Community Medicine
Rita Mughannam (San Mateo Medical Center) - Registered Nurse
Jenna Bilinski (San Mateo Medical Center) - Emergency Department Clinical Nurse
Alpa Sanghavi (San Mateo Medical Center) Medical Director of Specialty services
Shea Anderson (San Mateo Medical Center) - Psychiatric Social Worker

Santa Clara County
Debbie Smyth (El Camino Hospital) - Orthopedic Surgery Program Coordinator
Kim Bandelier (El Camino Hospital) - Clinical Nutrition Manager
Sommer Kehrli (Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center) - Director of Performance Improvement
Dan Edelstein (Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center) - Strategy and Capital Planning Manager
Josh Freilich (Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center) - Director, Emergency Department
Jason Snitzer (Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center) - Hospital Physican
Maria Faulve-Montojo (O'Connor Hospital) - Director, Quality Management
Chia-chen Lee (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center) - Nurse Manager
Lawrence Marsco (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center) - Director of Nursing Professional Practice
Akshat Shah (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center) - Chief of Spinal Cord and Orthopedic Rehabiliation
Monica Mayberry (Stanford Hospital and Clinics) - Manager, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Maureen Fay (Stanford Hospital and Clinics) - Assistant Patient Care Manager, E2 Med/Surg/Trauma/Neuro Intensive Care Unit
Lisa Mizumoto (VA Palo Alto Health Care System) - FCIP Administrative Officer & Program Specialist

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Foundation is dedicated to advancing environmental conservation and cutting-edge scientific research around the world, as well as helping to improve quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area - Gordon and Betty Moore's home for more than 70 years. For more information about the Foundation, visit

About the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF
Since 1992, the Center has been dedicated to transforming health care by delivering Leadership programs to empower change agents at every level and within all sectors of the health care system; and by producing nationally and internationally recognized, unbiased Research to help health care decision makers understand today's workforce issues and design actionable strategies to solve them. For more information about the Center, visit: