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February 3, 2020
Dear Doctors, Staff and Partners,

This last Friday at our Installation Dinner, we installed our 2020 Board of Directors and Officers, honored our 2019 Outstanding Physician and said farewell to KCMS' Executive Director, Fonda Winslow.
Your 2020 KCMS Board of Directors and Officers are:
Chang R. Na, MD, President
Steven Y. Wang, MD, President-Elect
Raymond C. Tsai, MD, Treasurer/Secretary
Eric A. Peck, MD, Immediate Past President
Nirav N. Desai, MD, Director
Franco A. Felizarta, MD, Director
Claudia O. Jonah, MD, Director

Dr. Na was presented with her gavel by Dr. Peter Bretan, CMA President and installed as your 2020 KCMS President. All 2020 Officers and Directors present were also recognized and installed. Congratulations to Dr. Na and all of the Officers and Board of Directors!
Your 2019 Outstanding Physician is:
Steven Y. Wang, MD

Dr. Wang received the Outstanding Physician award in recognition of his commitment to KCMS, his patients and the community. Senator Melissa Hurtado presented Dr. Wang with his award and a certificate from the California State Senate. He also received a certificate from the California State Assembly, Assemblymember Rudy Salas' office. Congratulations Dr. Wang!
Fonda's Farewell:
Fonda is a great person and a good friend to me and so many others at KCMS. She navigated some tough issues at a very vulnerable time for KCMS and brought the organization to a much better place. As your incoming Executive Director, I am grateful for the work she did, ensuring that she handed off a very stable organization with nothing but potential.

KCMS would like to extend a special thank you to:
  • Senator Melissa Hurtado for attending and presenting the Outstanding Physician Award as well as for providing a certificate to Dr. Wang.
  • Dr. Peter Bretan, CMA President for attending and presenting the gavel.
  • Assemblymember Rudy Salas for providing certificates for the award and installations.
  • Kaiser Permanente for sponsoring the event.
  • LeBeau Thelen for sponsoring the event.
  • Cooperative of American Physicians for sponsoring the event.
Thank you all. The event would not have been a success without you!

Also, I now have my own contact information for KCMS, please see below. If you have any questions, needs or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with all of you in 2020!

Chrisy Muchow
Executive Director
O: 661-325-9025
C: 209-769-0934
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