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Health Care Director named by CEO

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County Executive Office
January 13, 1999
Contact: Diane Thomas

Health Care Director Named by CEO

(SANTA ANA) – A health care professional with leadership experience from both the private and public sector was named today as director of the County’s Health Care Agency (HCA) by County Executive Officer Jan Mittermeier.

Donald R. Oxley joins the County from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals where he was vice president and executive director. His County appointment is effective Friday.

Kaiser is a 200,000 member health plan and integrated delivery system with $400 million in revenue. Under his direction, a previously unprofitable area went from a projected net loss of $60 million to a positive net income of $2 million in a two-year period. Working with both employees and members of the community, he renegotiated hospital and nursing home contracts for annual savings of $18 million, and he oversaw a restructuring that produced a 1998 savings of $5 million.

Oxley has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at University Hospital in Denver, Colorado; executive vice president/chief operating officer at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, and associate administrator at the Department of Health Services for the County of Los Angeles.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and a master’s degree in health care management from California State University at Los Angeles

"Don has an excellent mixture of public and private sector experience that will serve us well," said Mittermeier. "He has a history of developing innovative approaches to service delivery and he has some very creative ideas about health care delivery. He has a first-rate track record, and he’ll be great addition to the County family."

Oxley credits a desire to return to the public sector for his decision to seek the HCA position. "I talked to many County Health Services organizations in Southern California to find out what was going on in public health care delivery," said Oxley. "I found out that the County of Orange is forward thinking and offered many opportunities to work with a very professional team that includes both County staff and our external partners. Coming most recently from the private sector, I also was favorably impressed by the County’s practice of requiring departmental business plans. They’re clearly well organized in their planning and ability to set measurable goals."

Oxley is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and first moved to California in 1969.

Available this evening for comment:

Sam Roth, Executive Director
Orange County Medical Association
978-1160 pager – 517-3294

Terence O’Heany, M.D., President
Orange County Medical Association
Chief of Staff, Ft. Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center
754-4134 pager – 291-1942

Jon Gilwee, Executive Director
Healthcare Association of Southern California