NORTH BAY -- Daymon Doss, chief executive officer of the Petaluma Health Care District, has been appointed as executive director of the Northern California Health Care Authority.

The Health Care Authority, a consortium of five community health care districts and hospitals, announced the appoint of Mr. Doss today at its board of directors meeting in Healdsburg.

Mr. Doss has been CEO of the health care district that oversees operations at Petaluma Valley Hospital since 1997. He is retiring from that post this year according to the health care authority, also known as the Joint Powers Authority, or JPA. Mr. Doss previously was Petaluma Valley Hospital's COO and has clinical experience as a nurse.

"The Northern California Health Care Authority has the unique opportunity to assume the role of implementers of change," Mr. Doss said of his appointment.  "The unified voice of a thoughtful organization will exert a good deal of positive influence and political leverage."

Bill Boerum, chair of the health care authority, said Mr. Doss "brings an intimate knowledge of the health care infrastructure in Northern California and importantly the particular challenges facing district hospitals. During the search process we were impressed by his creative yet practical ideas to quickly realize financial benefits and accomplish more collaboration."

The Health Care Authority was formed in 2007. Its five members are the Palm Drive Healthcare District; Sonoma Valley Health Care District; North Sonoma County Healthcare District; Mendocino Coast Healthcare District; and South Humboldt Community Healthcare District.  Each district has two board members on the JPA and has a broad vision, in contrast with most other JPAs that are formed for specific administrative purposes.

Mr. Boerum said the Health Care Authority is hopeful of attracting other adjacent health care districts to the organization.

"While much of our new work will be in the areas of revenue enhancement and cost savings including business services, eventually we want to realize opportunities for clinical integration," he said.