Sutter Health named Kelvin Lam, MD, MBA, CPE, as chief medical officer for its West Bay Region, which includes North Bay facilities.

Dr. Lam's responsibilities in the San Francisco-based region include Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Novato Community Hospital, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport.

Mike Cohill, Sutter West Bay Region president, said he brings a wealth of experience to the position, which serves as liaison between doctors and hospital administrators.

“Kelvin’s health plan experience brings an added dimension to the West Bay, especially as we improve both the quality and cost of health care,” Mr. Cohill said in a statement.

The previous West Bay chief medical officer was Toni Brayer, who was appointed chief executive officer of the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in July.

“We must continue to enhance our collaboration among our hospitals, physicians, and ambulatory community partners in order to deliver the superb and affordable care that our communities need,” Dr. Lam said.

Dr. Lam currently is chief medical officer for SutterSelect and Total Health and Productivity Management at the Sutter Health system office, overseeing clinical functions for the self-insured group health, workers' compensation, disability, employee-assistance and wellness programs for Sutter employees and their families.

He also serves as vice president of network performance with Sutter Medical Network, coordinating systemwide clinical initiatives, such as the Blue Ribbon Team 2 Systemwide Standardized Hospitalists Program that supports clinical integration.

While with Sacramento-based Sutter Health, Dr. Lam also was senior medical director of Alta Bates Medical Group and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation.

Prior to joining Sutter Health, Dr. Lam was medical director of Blue Shield of California and also worked for Blue Cross of California, reviewing the medical necessity of hospitalizations, procedures and medications.