Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Bustamante Names New Stem Cell Overseer

The newest member of the Oversight Committee of the California stem agency is Marcelina "Marcy" Andaya Feit, president and CEO of ValleyCare Health System, a non-profit healthcare system with hospitals in Livermore and Pleasanton in California.

Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante made the appointment, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Phyllis Preciado, who took a job in Oregon.

Here is the full text of Bustamante's press release, which was not available on the Internet at the time of this writing.

"Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante today announced the appointment of Marcelina "Marcy" Andaya Feit to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee overseeing California’s stem-cell research initiative, which was created when voters approved Proposition 71 in 2004.

"Ms. Feit is the President and CEO of ValleyCare Health System, a non-profit healthcare system with hospitals in Livermore and Pleasanton. Valley Care Systems also operates a skilled-nursing facility, a geriatric-psychology program, and a health and wellness center.

"'Ms. Feit has spent her entire 32-year career in Central Valley health-care programs,' Bustamante said. 'She is a registered nurse who began her career as a surgical nurses’ aide and advanced through the ranks to become one of the few minority women to become a chief executive officer of a California health-care system.

"'She is a native of Stockton and the daughter of a farmer. She spent her youth in the Stockton area and was graduated from Manteca High School. She worked her way through nursing school and earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration.

"'She has a life-long commitment to improving health care for Central Valley residents, particularly those in rural areas. Her tenacity and her tireless efforts to overcome many obstacles in her career have provided her with the tools and the strength to greatly benefit the work of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

"'Ms. Feit has made a formal commitment to seek policy guidance from medical providers and activist groups in Central Valley communities. Californians are very fortunate to have a person with her medical knowledge and management skills on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.'

"The Lieutenant Governor has five appointees on the committee. Ms. Feit fills the position for an appointee from a 'Type II Diabetes advocacy group.'

"Ms. Feit helped spearhead the Livermore Center of Excellence in Diabetes, which provides inpatient and outpatient care for individuals with Type I, Type II or gestational diabetes. The program also provides diabetes counseling, group support, nutritional advice and education services to the community. The American Diabetes Association has certified and recognized the Center of Excellence in Diabetes for its high quality of self-management education."

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