About VEP Healthcare
VEP Healthcare (VEP) began providing emergency medical management services in 1981. In the years since, our expertise has expanded into hospitalist services, intensive care, clinical decision units, telehealth, and surgicalist services. Today, the owners of VEP – our physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and corporate personnel – deliver clinical staffing and management services to major urban, smaller community, and rural hospitals nationwide. Our partner hospitals call our positive impact on quality, efficiency, and patient satisfaction “the VEP Effect.”
Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, FACHE, CPE – Chief Operations Officer
Dr. Patel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley. He received his medical degree from University of Health Sciences/the Chicago Medical School; and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Patel also holds a Master of Business Administration/Health Care Management from University of Phoenix. In addition to being board certified in emergency medicine, he is also a certified physician executive and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Patel’s oversight responsibilities include: operations management, business development, marketing, strategic planning, and program development, legal and corporate counsel, and new clinical service offerings. He will also help provide contract start-up support and assist with driving performance at VEP’s sites. Dr. Patel enjoys books on tape, travel, and golf.
Rob Wyman, MD – Chief Quality Officer
Marc Hudock, PA-C – Vice President of Clinical Services
Kelly Danna – Chief Financial Officer
Gary Tamkin, MD, FACEP – Vice President of Provider Development
Harneet Singh Bath, MD, MBA, FACP – Vice President of Inpatient Services
Patricia Peña Sam – Vice President of Provider Services & Marketing
After a short stint in 2014 as a senior recruiter with TeamHealth, Patricia returned in 2016 as the Director of Provider Services and Staffing and was promoted to Vice President of Provider Services & Marketing in 2019. She leads the national recruiting, credentialing and scheduling departments for all service lines, is a key player on our contract start-up management team and oversees our marketing efforts.
Patricia earned her BA in International Studies, with an emphasis in business and communications, at California State University, Hayward and is currently pursuing her MBA at St. Mary’s College of California. She lives in California wine country where she enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, running (essentially any workout that will take her outdoors), cooking (and eating), discovering the local wineries, and cheering on the Warriors.
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Marc Futernick, MD – Chairman
Justin Chatten-Brown, MD – Board Member
Walid Ghurabi, DO – Ex Officio Member
Larry Halem, MD – Board Member
Dr. Larry Halem grew up in Thousand Oaks, California. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, and earned his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor UCLA in Torrance, California. Dr. Halem lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and two children, Max and Elle.
Adin Levine, MD – Board Member
At VEP, Dr. Levine has served in multiple clinic and corporate positions. He has been medical director at several sites, most recently in Stockton at Dameron Hospital, where he also served as Chief of Staff. At the corporate level, Dr. Levine served as regional director as well as company VP and CFO. He has also served on the BOD almost continuously since 2000.
Dr. Levine attended the Universities of California and London, and went to medical school at UCSF. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Ella, the founder of a non-profit of a Math School, and their youngest, Benjamin. Three older kids have spread themselves around the world and still come home occasionally.
Shayne Smith – Board Member
Having stepped away from a full-time corporate career of almost 30 years, Shayne now seeks to spend his time working with executive teams in for-profit and not-for-profit businesses – helping them to fulfill their growth aspirations and achieve their vision.
Shayne believes that true fulfillment comes with developing and working with highly effective teams that are passionate about what they do, but are willing to undertake the difficult and challenging decisions that maximize performance. Welcoming diversity, seeking to understand stakeholder perspectives, sharing the benefits of success, and being authentic, are leadership traits that he values and tries to inspire in others.
Shayne is active within the business community and serves on various non-profit boards. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada (since 2008), serves as a member of EWB-USA’s Corporate Leadership Council, and is actively supporting the reformation of EWB-International. Past roles include serving on the board of directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2009-2011), and Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce board (for Canada’s largest province 2008/2009). Prior to that, positions also included membership on the Conference Board of Canada’s Innovation Council and on the University of Ontario Institute for Technology’s Industry Liaison Committee.
Shayne received a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1988 and is a Professional Engineer in Canada. Subsequent studies include nuclear engineering programs at the University of Toronto and various management seminars at Harvard University and MIT/Sloan.
He lives in Pasadena, California with his wife Pam and teenage son Tyber. Together the family shares a passion for travelling the world. Shayne’s wife has been active in the medical field for her entire career, working as a neurosurgical intensive care nurse for 10 years, then as a consultant for pharmaceutical drug trials and related studies/conferences in the US, Canada, and internationally.
Ivan Ventura, PA-C – Board Member