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    Hamila Kownacki, RN appointed as new Chief Operating Officer at CPMC

    News Release
    Contact: Dean Fryer – 415.600.7484 or pager 415.232.6463

    San Francisco, CA - July 31, 2015 - Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical center announces the appointment of Hamila Kownacki, RN, MSHA, as the chief operating officer (COO) at CPMC. Hamila will start in her role effective immediately and will have responsibility for all aspects of operations at CPMC’s four hospital campuses.

    Kownacki has worked at CPMC and Sutter Health for about 15 years, including the past 7 years as vice president of operations and as chief administrative officer of the Pacific Campus. She has had specific responsibility for many of the adult tertiary and quaternary programs, including organ transplantation, cancer, cardiovascular disease, advanced gastroenterology and diabetes, as well as imaging services.

    As CPMC’s first COO who is also an RN, Hamila brings extensive clinical, administrative, and strategic experience to the position. She held a variety of previous roles at CPMC and Sutter Health, including chief operations officer of the Physicians’ Foundation at CPMC (now Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation), vice president for facilities development and director of business development and planning at CPMC. She began her health care career as a Oncology and ICU nurse at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and also has worked for Prudential Health Care and the Kaiser Permanente.

    Kownacki has been an active participant in many CPMC and Sutter Health initiatives, including projects in heart failure and patient care staffing. She earned her bachelor’s degree at CSU Northridge, and her master’s degree in health services administration at St. Mary’s in Moraga. Among her community activities, Hamila has served on the boards of the Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and Donor Network West (formerly known as California Transplant Donor Network).

    About California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)—A Sutter Health Affiliate

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