About VEP Healthcare
VEP understands that our patients deserve expert medical care delivered with efficiency and compassion. We also understand that our physicians and advanced practice providers deserve to work within a high-quality organization that puts a premium on the success of their careers as well as their physical and emotional well-being. We exist to deliver quality, compassionate healthcare to those in need, within a culture supportive of our healthcare providers and to be recognized as the premier provider of health services in emergent and inpatient settings.
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.”
Steve Maron, MD, joined VEP in 1990. As President and CEO, Dr. Maron establishes the vision of excellence for VEP and oversees all aspects of the management and growth of our emergency departments and hospitalist programs. Dr. Maron continues to work as a frontline physician in several VEP emergency departments.
Dr. Maron earned his BA at the University of California at Davis and his MD at Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He designed and taught a course in Wilderness Medicine. Before assuming the VEP presidency in 2001, he served as an emergency physician at several VEP hospitals and provided medical care through Doctors Without Borders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, West Africa, and Nicaragua.
Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, FACHE, CPE – Chief Operations Officer
Prior to joining VEP Healthcare, Dr. Patel served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Woodland Memorial Hospital since 2014, and brings with him more than 20 years of diverse healthcare operations management, teaching, and clinical experience. Areas of expertise include physician relations, process improvement, and staff development.
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
Dr. Robert Wyman joined VEP in 2008. As Vice President of Quality, Dr. Wyman oversaw clinical quality, patient safety, operational efficiency, patient satisfaction, and regulatory compliance at all VEP emergency departments. In 2018, Dr. Wyman took on the role of Chief Quality Officer.
Dr. Wyman earned his BA at Boston University and his MD at New York University School (NYU) of Medicine. Before joining VEP, he worked for over 20 years in academic, urban, and suburban EDs in the New York metropolitan area. He has been an ED Director for a total of 14 years at several EDs including Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, and an EMS Medical Director for almost a decade.
More recently, Dr. Wyman earned a Master’s in Management in the Advanced Management Program for Clinicians at NYU. He also is a Certified Physician Executive and is certified in Health Care Quality Management. In addition, he has served on the executive teams of several hospitals, both as a Vice President of Patient Safety and a Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Wyman’s vision for VEP Healthcare is to ensure that all of our emergency departments combine highly capable providers, evidence-based practices, and essential systems for the provision of safe, high-quality medical care and that we have the data to demonstrate it.
Marc Hudock, PA-C – Vice President of Clinical Operations
Kelly Danna – Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Danna joined VEP in 2016 as Interim Corporate Controller and advanced to Chief Financial Officer in 2017.
Kelly came to VEP from Sutter Health Medical Foundation with a fascinating background in positions such as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.
Gary Tamkin, MD, FACEP – Vice President of Provider Development
Dr. Tamkin has a passion for pre-hospital care, having served as the Bay Area Medical Director of American Medical Response. Currently, he is the statewide Medical Director for the California Highway Patrol. He is also a past president of the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Tamkin and Sandy live in the San Francisco area with their two children, Emily and Megan.
Harneet Singh Bath, MD, MBA, FACP – Vice President of Inpatient Services
Dr. Bath is an experienced executive physician leader. His adaptive leadership, financial acumen, operations management, change management, and strong interpersonal relationships have enabled Dr. Bath to consistently succeed in achieving the “quadruple aim” of improving quality, improving both the patient and physician experience, and reducing the cost of care.
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.
Jamie Quinlan, DNP, RN – Sr. Director of Nursing & Performance Improvement
Jamie will work with the executive leadership and individual medical directors to identify areas of opportunity for VEP Healthcare to improve operational performance at our partner hospitals. Areas of focus will include clinical quality, throughput, patient satisfaction, and overall ED and inpatient operations. Jamie will be responsible for helping to collect pre- and post-improvement activity metrics and will develop in-person relationships with key staff at the hospital with whom she will design and implement improvement processes. Jamie will also participate in various presentations as our nursing leader and champion.
Jamie has a strong background in nursing management and administration. Her most recent position was Director of Emergency Services at Tennova Healthcare, Clarksville where she developed and implemented a number of impressive systems and programs that improved the performance of the emergency department. She has a solid educational background in nursing and management with a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University, Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama, and Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University.
View Board of Directors
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 traveling 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