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In effort to rescue troubled Drew medical school, two new boards are named

September 11, 2010 | 10:00 am

Charles Drew University opened a new $43-million nursing school last month. Paying the loan on the facility has caused financial distress. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times / August 13, 2010 Top leaders at prominent universities, hospitals and a foundation are taking control of the governing board of the beleaguered Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, stepping in to try to rescue the South Los Angeles school from financial disaster.

The action Friday came after the existing board of trustees resigned en masse, appointed replacements and created a new advisory board for the 44-year-old school, founded to train physicians for underserved minority communities.

The school is at risk of seizure because it was not expected to make loan and insurance payments on $43 million borrowed to build a state-of-the-art nursing school, which opened last month.

The members of the new boards are:

Board of trustees

  • Chair ­ M. Roy Wilson MD, MS, chancellor emeritus at the University of Colorado Denver
  • Vice Chair ­ Cornelius Hopper M.D., vice president for health affairs, emeritus, University of California
  • Eric Bing MD, PhD, MBA, endowed professor of global health and HIV, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Diana M. Bontá RN, Dr.PH., vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • Patrick T. Dowling MD, MPH, associate director professor, UCLA, and chair, UCLA department of family medicine
  • Andrew B. Leeka MBA, MPH, president and COO, Good Samaritan Hospital
  • James Lott MBA, executive vice president, Hospital Assn. of Southern California
  • Marvin O'Quinn MPH, executive vice president and COO, Catholic Healthcare West
  • Thomas M. Priselac MPH, president and chief executive, Cedars-Sinai Health System
  •  Carmen A. Puliafito MD, dean, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • Eugene Washington M.D., Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences and Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Board of Councilors, formed to advise the board of trustees

  • Chairman ­ Mark Ridley-Thomas PhD, supervisor, Los Angeles County
  • Gene Block PhD, chancellor, UCLA
  • Benjamin K. Chu MD, MPH, MACP, president, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • Lloyd Dean EdD, president and chief executive, Catholic Healthcare West
  • Mildred Garcia EdD, president, Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • C. L. Max Nikias PhD, president, USC
  • Thomas M. Priselac MPH, president and chief executive, Cedars-Sinai Health System
  • Robert K. Ross MD, president and chief executive, The California Endowment

    Read: Drew University board resigns, appoints new members

    -- Rong-Gong Lin II

    Photo: Charles Drew University opened a $43-million nursing school last month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Paying the loan on the facility has caused financial distress. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

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