Job Changes in the Healthcare Sector

Among other changes, Gwen Dayton leaves the Oregon Medical Association, while Rosa Klein resigned from Health Share of Oregon.

Gwen Dayton is stepping into the role held by Bruce Bishop, senior legal counsel for Northwest Permanente Medical Group, the physician arm for Kaiser Permanente, who’s resigning later this month. For the past four years, Dayton’s been the general counsel and vice president of health policy at the Oregon Medical Association, and told The Lund Report she couldn’t pass up such a great opportunity.  

The Oregon Medical Association also lost Betsy Boyd Flynn who’s been hired as a program manager at the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. In her new role, she’ll lead activities to help improve the quality and affordability of healthcare in Oregon, and spent five years at the OMA as deputy executive vice president and chief operating officer. 

In other news, Rosa Klein has joined the Oregon Health Authority as public health legislative coordinator after leaving her position as chief health strategy officer at Health Share of Oregon. .   

Rosa joined Health Share in April 2012, coming from the Multnomah County Health Department. Alongside Janet Meyer and David Labby, she was one of the original seven staff from Health Share’s founding partners who were on loan from their home organizations to start Oregon’s largest coordinated care organization. Klein became the first official Health Share employee in August 2012.    

During her tenure, she recruited members for and developed the state’s first CCO Community Advisory Council, which held its inaugural meeting in July 2012. Other accomplishments include completing Health Share’s first Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan, as well as putting in place a comprehensive strategy for a regional approach to health equity and cultural competence.  

“Rosa has been critical to Health Share’s early success, including developing relationships with community partners that share our goals of advancing health equity and improving health outcomes for our members, a critical component of coordinated care organizations,” Janet Meyer, CEO of Health Share, told The Lund Report.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners also has a new executive director, Cassandra Skinner, who replaces Dave McTeague.

Skinner has a background in public health and public service, having held recent positions as general counsel and health equity officer for Trillium Community Health Plan and chair of the board of commissioners for Oregon’s Liquor Control Commission.

A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, she’s held numerous board and leadership positions for multiple entities including the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence, the Lane County Human Rights Advisory Committee, Head Start of Lane County, several programs with the Oregon State Bar and Oregon Women Lawyers.  

She has volunteered with the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Lane County Legal Aid, and the University of Oregon’s Student Health Advisory Committee and Health Education Program. Skinner currently volunteers as a judge for West Eugene’s Teen Court, and as a member of Womenspace’s Advisory Board.  Before her positions with Trillium and the OLCC, Cass owned and operated her own law firm, specializing in family law and estate planning.  

Diane can be reached at [email protected].

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