Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) has announced the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Dozier, M.D. to the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) effective September 23, 2013.
Dr. Dozier joined the Medical Staff at RCH in 1988 as a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and served as Chair of the Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Department from January 2005 through December 2010. Immediately thereafter, Dr. Dozier assumed the role of President of the Medical Staff, serving as chair of the Medical Executive Committee from January 2011 – December 2012, with responsibility for oversight of clinical activities throughout RCH, system-wide quality initiatives, and daily operations of the medical staff office. As Immediate Past President he continues to serve in positions of medical staff leadership.
Prior to joining RCH, Dr. Dozier served in multiple leadership capacities including Chief of Obstetrical Medicine at Greater El Monte Community Hospital, in Los Angeles. After relocating to the Inland Empire in 1988, Dr. Dozier joined the Riverside Medical Clinic where his duties included providing OB/GYN care and serving on the Board of Directors.
“Dr. Dozier has demonstrated the vision and leadership skills that will benefit RCH, our patients and their families,” said Patrick Brilliant, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Dr. Dozier has been on staff here for a number of years. He has worked closely with many of our physicians and staff, and has built relationships that will serve him well in this role. He is known for his compassion and respect; and his patients and colleagues hold him in high esteem. I am confident that he will bring outstanding value to the hospital and our patients as a core member of our executive leadership team.”
“Dr. Dozier will be a key member of the executive team,” said Lawrence Clark, M.D., current President of Medical Staff. “He is a proven leader who is committed to enhancing the hospital’s ability to provide the very best care to our patients, including patient safety and continuing to improve the quality of care.”
“This is an extraordinary opportunity to emphasize that our first and foremost obligation is to our patients,” Dozier said. “I am excited to take on this role at this particular time as we begin to see tremendous changes in healthcare. My primary focus will be building and maintaining excellence, improving the quality of care, clinical effectiveness and doing everything possible to strengthen the health, safety and well-being of all of our patients…This role affords me the opportunity to bridge the gaps of administrative and clinical aspects of health care,” said Dr. Dozier.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Dozier will oversee numerous activities and initiatives, including the final phases of electronic health records implementation, performance improvement in the hospital’s various clinical services, and medical directors and physician leaders of several hospital programs.
Dr. Dozier earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1975. His service as a leader began with serving as President of his medical school class during his first three years of medical school. He went on to complete his internship and residency at Indiana University Medical Center, in Indianapolis. In addition, he is board certified by the American Board of OB/GYN, a member of the Riverside County Medical Association, Society of Robotic Surgeons and a Fellow in the American College of OB/GYN.
Twins sisters Anel Aldana and Bianca Cardenas enter the world together at the same time 24 years ago and have shared the same birthday all their life. Twins often share just about everything, but Wednesday, July 31, 2013, both sisters started a new journey together as they welcomed two beautiful baby girls to their family. Both delivered on the same day only a couple hours apart at the Family Birth Place at Riverside Community Hospital.
The youngest of the twins, Bianca, gave birth to a healthy baby girl Noemi who was born at 3:07am weighing 6lbs 12oz. Nearly seven hours later, her sister Anel also gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl Yanelly, who weighed 8lbs 4oz. According to the girls, giving birth on the same day was not planned. However, both are excited and happy to share this lifetime experience together.
The new moms and babies appeared on last Wednesday’s Channel 7 KNBC News to share their experience, which can be viewed at http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=9191759.
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed in 1991 to act on the Innocenti Declaration to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. As part of its action plan to facilitate and strengthen social mobilization for breastfeeding, WABA envisioned a global unifying breastfeeding promotion strategy. A day of celebration quickly turned into a week and has become known worldwide as World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated every August 1-7. The first celebration was in 1992 and now involves over 170 countries and is endorsed by UNICEF, WHO, FAO and IPA.
Last year, RCH received national recognition as a Baby Friendly Hospital in which we strongly support mothers through their whole breastfeeding experience. Riverside Community Hospital is one out of 143 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and the first HCA hospital to achieve this designation.
Riverside Community Hospital’s Women’s Services Breastfeeding clinic located at 4410 Brockton Ave, Riverside CA. Offers free breastfeeding support to mothers in the community. Hours of operation are Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 9:00-1:00. Walk-in service provided, No appointments necessary. For more information, visit our website at riversidecommunityhospital.com.