Scripps Health Elects Three New Trustees to the Board

Richard Bigelow; Katherine Lauer, J.D.; and recently retired news anchor Marty Levin

Scripps Health has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees for terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Richard Bigelow; Katherine Lauer, J.D.; and recently retired news anchor Marty Levin will each serve their first term as trustee during 2011. In addition, current Scripps Board member Sister Mary Jo Anderson received an extended term through 2011.

Richard Bigelow joined Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP, as chief operating officer in 2002. With leadership, strategic and operational responsibilities, he oversees the day-to-day business operations of Luce Forward and plays a key role in the creation and implementation of strategic plans. Previously, Bigelow served on the board of directors of the San Diego Police Foundation, San Diego Wellness Community, Metropolitan YMCA San Diego County, San Diego Holiday Bowl Committee and Presidents Associates of Palomar College. He is also a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Katherine Lauer is a partner in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins LLP, and focuses her practice on health care litigation with emphasis on health care fraud defense. Lauer also is global co-chair of the firm’s Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Group and past co-chair of the Health Law Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Lauer is a member of Athena, the University Club of San Diego and Lawyers Club of San Diego. She lives with her husband, Jon, and three children in San Diego, where they are involved in various community activities, including Francis Parker School, where Jon chairs the Board of Trustees. The Lauers also have served on the Williams College Parent’s Fund Steering Committee together.

Veteran journalist and news anchor Marty Levin has been part of the NBC San Diego news team since 1987, working with co-anchor Susan Taylor for 14 of those years. Levin has worked for every major news station in San Diego, reporting on events such as presidential inaugurations, national political conventions to Super Bowls. For his journalistic contributions, Levin has received 13 Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and three Golden Mikes from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. He has been recognized by many organizations for his community efforts, including Peacemakers, Association of Fundraising Professionals and San Diego Magazine.

The 2011 term will be Sister Mary Jo Anderson’s seventh year as a member of the Scripps Health Board of Trustees, receiving a one-year extension on her second term. Sister Anderson is the former senior vice president for hospital operations for Scripps Health and former vice president for Mercy Healthcare in San Diego. She has held several administrative positions in health care, including an administrative position at Children’s Hospital, and 20 years at Scripps Mercy.

The following Board members have completed their second term and as such, are rotating off the Board of Trustees: Jeff Bowman, former chief of the City of San Diego Fire and Rescue Department; Richard Vortmann, 2008-2009 chairman of the Scripps Health Board of Trustees and recently retired president and chief executive officer of San Diego-based National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO); and Ernest Rady, founder of American Assets, a financial services, investment management and real estate firm.

Robert Tjosvold was re-elected as chairman of the Scripps Health Board of Trustees. Tjosvold, formerly the San Diego market president and commercial executive for Bank of America, serves on the boards of the San Diego Bowl Game Association and Sierra Aluminum Co. Tjosvold is a past chairman of the San Diego County American Heart Walk, the San Diego County YMCA Support Campaign, and the Pan Asian Communities Annual Gala. He is actively involved with the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. He is also a member of the San Diego Fiscal Policy Task Force.

“The Scripps Health Board of Trustees provides critical strategic direction and oversight in continuing to meet our nonprofit mission and business objectives in the age of health care reform and a challenging economy,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Health. “The work of our committed Board of Trustees, who volunteer their time and expertise, is vitally important as Scripps begins implementing organizational changes triggered by health care reform while continuing to provide high quality health care to the communities we serve.”

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