Prominent Business Leaders and Practitioners Join WesternU Advisory Boards

Pomona, Calif. - 06/29/2006 -- Western University of Health Sciences has recently developed two significant advisory boards and expects to have a third advisory board underway by the end of 2006. Several key figures in business and health care have joined these advisory boards, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) Advisory Board and the College of Graduate Nursing Advisory Board, in an effort to further the respective colleges' missions and the mission of the university as a whole.

The COMP Advisory Board, chartered to provide input and guidance on the growth, development and research plans for the colleges, is comprised of key alumni and health care executives who all bring tremendous expertise garnered in both academia and industry. Additionally, the COMP Advisory Board will provide a unique window into the arena of advanced medical and educational technology utilized in heath care and medical education.

The COMP Advisory Board includes: John Landsberger, DO,COMP '82 Norman Vinn, DO, Chief Medical Officer, House Call Doctors Medical Group James Dearing, DO, COMP '84 Michael Krasnow, DO, COMP '85 Steven Davis, DO, COMP '85 Joseph C. Gambone, DO, Professor, Emeritus, UCLA Hugh Scott, DO, RADM, USN (Retired), Northrop Grumman Medical Advisor David Sherman, Director, Sonosite Linda Crans, Retired, Vice President, Beckman Coulter Dr. J. Mario Molina, President, Molina Healthcare Raymond Cohen, CEO, Cardiac Science Clark Todd, CEO, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach June Collison, CEO, Arrowhead Regional Hospital Ron Bangasser, MD, Beaver Medical Group, Past President CMA Richard Gisi, MD, Vice President Medical Affairs, Citrus Valley Health Partners Mitch Morris, MD, Executive Vice President, First Consulting Group Ernest C. Levister, MD, Wesley Vines Jr. MD Medical Society Gene Barduson, CEO, Alteer Corporation

Todd Davis, Staffing Manager, Health Net Ben A. Singer, Sr. Vice President, Fischer Health Ancel Rodgers, MD, President, Wesley Vines Jr. MD Medical Society Timothy Blek, Vice Chairman, Radlink Jeff Heatherington, Executive Director, Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon

"The formation of the COMP Advisory Board is another major step forward in making the college a leader in medical education a reality," said Dr. Clinton Adams, dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. "It is an honor to have professionals of this caliber join our advisory board."

The College of Graduate Nursing (CGN), which reactivated its Advisory Board just prior to the formation of the COMP Advisory Board, is comprised of key executives from the nursing industry.

"The purpose of the CGN Advisory Board is to provide guidance and recommendations for support of the college," said Karen Hanford, dean for the College of Graduate Nursing. "I am truly grateful to these members who have so willingly committed to share their time and expertise, on a volunteer basis, in support of the goals and vision of the CGN."

The CGN Advisory Board members include: Karen Blessing, RN, BSN, Director, Nursing & Human Resources, Pomona Valley Hospital Scott Helf, DO, Curriculum and Technology Integrator, Western University of Health Science Barbara Napper, MSN, Retired, Mt. San Antonio College Linda Fahey, RN, MN, ANP-C, Kaiser Permanente Miriam Fulton, RN, MSN, ANP, CS, CCRN, Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Services, Pomona Valley Hospital Suellen Crano, Retired, VP, Strategic Planning, Western University Judy Husted, RN, MSN, Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente Larry Kidd RN, CNAA, VP, Patient Care Services, City of Hope Whitney A. Bouma, Group Product Manager, Welch Allyn, Inc. Pat Chambers, RN, BSN, MBA, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach Rick Martin RN, MSN, VP, Patient Care Services, Hoag Memorial Hospital Barbara Patton, Sr. Vice President Hospital Operations, The Camden Group Katie Skelton, Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Josephs Hospital Sarah Daum EdD, Associate Dean School of Health & Technology, Mt. San Antonio College Rita Ostravich, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing Education, Pomona Valley Hospital Peggy Diller, VP/CNO, Patient Care Services, Anaheim Memorial Ivy C. Tuason, RN, MSN, FNP, Education Services, St. Vincent Medical Center Gary J. Althaus, BS, EMT-P, Director Medical Education & Training, Laerdal Medical

The university also has plans to compose an advisory board for the College of Allied Health Professions later this year.

"The demand for professionals in the field of Allied Health is growing at an exponential rate," said Dr. Stephanie Bowlin, dean for the College of Allied Health Professions. "We hope that by building a strong advisory board of key business representatives and practitioners of health science, physical therapy and physician assistants within the discipline, we can further propel the mission of the college and become even more prepared to meet the projected demands of the profession in the coming years."

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