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Camino Healthcare board of directors names Gerry Sarnat as Camino Healthcare interim president and CEO.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 1995--The Camino Healthcare Board of Directors announced yesterday that Camino Healthcare Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Gerry Sarnat, M.D., will serve as Camino Healthcare's interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) beginning Sept. 30.

This date marks President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Pettingill's final day at Camino Healthcare after his resignation, which was announced in late July.

Over the past several weeks, the Camino Healthcare Board of Directors has conducted a national search for Pettingill's successor. Board members will begin interviewing candidates later this week.

"I feel confident Dr. Sarnat has the talents and abilities to lead the organization through this interim period," said Doug Usher, chairman of the Camino Healthcare Board of Directors. "As we continue our search for a new leader for Camino Healthcare, Dr. Sarnat will ensure that we continue to develop a new, better health care organization - a system that will maintain the highest quality standards and ultimately improve the health of our community."

As executive vice president and CMO, Dr. Sarnat is currently responsible for system-wide clinical and administrative operations, as well as long-range strategy and leadership. Prior to joining Camino Healthcare, he was the senior vice president of Medical Affairs and Provider Services for TakeCare Health Plan, a California state-wide HMO with over 410,000 members.

Dr. Sarnat is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford Medical School, and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He founded the California Cooperative HEDIS Reporting Initiative (CCHRI) and the Quality Improvement Incentive Program (QIIP).

Camino Healthcare is a nonprofit public benefit corporation governed by six volunteer community members and three physicians who practice in the community. Camino Healthcare operates El Camino Hospital and Camino Medical Group. It was formed in November 1992 by the District Board, which voted to transfer El Camino Hospital and its assets to a nonprofit organization.

CONTACT: Camino Healthcare

Arian Dasmalchi, 415/988-7767
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