Saturday, February 4, 2012

Congratulations to the 2010/2011 Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Change Agent Fellows

Friends, family and colleagues packed our Regional Medical Center’s lobby last month to celebrate the graduation of the 2010-11 Change Agent Fellows.  Known for their thirst for learning and a desire to lead change, fellows embark on a 15-month journey to become transformational leaders who lead continuous quality improvement in our health system and beyond. This year’s class included Nurse Katherine Heinen, Secretary Wendy Katchmar, Nurse Miles Kotchevar, Employment and Human Services’ Director of Administration Michael Roetzer and Clerk Vernita Travis.
From left to right: William Walker, Vernita Travis, Michael Roetzer, Anna Roth, Kandy Heinen,
 Miles Kotchevar, Wendy Katchmar, Don Goldmann
Joining us in celebration of the completion of the first leg of the fellow's journey was Dr. Don Goldmann, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Goldmann talked about the future of health care and the importance of innovation.  His discussion led us through the foundation of improvement and innovation and toward a call to action. His talk was thought provoking and inspiring.
I am grateful to the fellows, their families and colleagues and to all who have helped to make this year a rich experience for each of them. Many thanks to all who came out to celebrate this wonderful milestone for the fellows and for our system.
I'll post the link to the video the fellows put together which demonstrates how creative this group is and reveals their lighter side.

To find out more about the Fellowship Program, contact Olivia Stringer at

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