Sandra Shewry has resigned from the position of director of the California Department of Health Care Services to establish a new not-for-profit group for telehealth in the state.
Shewrys last day will be Dec. 19. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed David Maxwell-Jolly to replace her.
The department oversees Medicaid and the State Childrens Health Insurance Program, and Shewry played a key role in shaping the governors healthcare reform agenda. During her four-year tenure, the state spun healthcare services and public health into two separate departments.
Shewry, 53, said the goal of her new organization will be to accelerate telemedicines role in improving access and quality of care across the state.
You have heard me speak often of my passion for improving the health status of Californians, Shewry said in her resignation letter. My new role will offer me a focused opportunity to work on improving access, quality and care delivery for underserved populations using innovations made possible through telehealth.
Shewrys replacement, Maxwell-Jolly, 59, has served as director of the California Child Support Services Department since last year. Prior to that, he was chief deputy director of the department from 2005 to 2007. His appointment requires state Senate confirmation and he is expected to start Jan. 1, 2009, at an annual salary of $165,000.
In addition, Toby Douglas, 36, was appointed chief deputy director of healthcare programs for the department. Douglas replaces Stan Rosenstein, who has overseen the states Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, for the past 15 years and is retiring. Rosenstein was so synonymous with the program that he earned the nickname Mr. Medi-Cal.
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