Larry Cohen was named Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics in the fall of 2016. He worked for the organization in other capacities for approximately two years prior, having served as an independent consultant, Chief Operating Officer, and then interim CEO.
Cohen has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management. He served as a System Director for growth and business development at PeaceHealth, where he was a principal in the CHI/Franciscan merger project and the Cascade Valley Hospital merger project, among other strategic collaborations. Cohen also developed PeaceHealth’s telemedicine/telestroke service.
As Director of Strategic Planning for Vancouver’s Southwest Medical Center, Cohen led work on the merger of Southwest Washington Medical Center into PeaceHealth (creating PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Vancouver, WA). He created the Wound Healing Center and Weight Management/Bariatric Surgery Program, and made possible the delivery of Cyberknife and daVinci robot services. In addition, he was responsible for the Neurosciences Service Line, Discovery Pointe Medical Center complex, and Evergreen Medical Office Building Project. Cohen was also instrumental in developing the HeLa Health and Bioscience High School—Washington’s first and only health- and biosciences-focused high school.
Cohen’s experience includes positions with Oregon Health Sciences University, Legacy Health System, NW Primary Care, The Vancouver Clinic, and Ardent Health Services/Pacific Gateway Hospital as well. As an independent consultant, he provided services to Ocean Beach Hospital, Rose Medical Group, Alliance Imaging, Columbia United Providers, and Surgical Care Affiliates.
Cohen graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning and Administration and has a Master of Science degree in Health Systems Management from Rush University. He is a W.K. Kellogg Post-Graduate Fellow in Rural Hospital Administration, which brought him to Ocean Beach Hospital for a year in 1983.
Brenda Sharkey, Chief Nursing Officer
As the Hospital’s Chief of Nursing, Brenda Sharkey is responsible for the nursing services provided in the hospital’s inpatient, swing bed, surgery, and emergency departments. Sharkey also oversees the clinics, all physical therapy, and cardiac/pulmonology rehabilitation services.
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Beth Hash, Controller and Business Office Manager
Beth Hash joined Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics in 2013. She has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare revenue cycle, financial and business management. She has worked in larger facilities across the country, but found her passion working with small rural or critical access hospitals. Hash believes strongly in community, and is an advocate for affordable and quality healthcare on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Deborah Persian, Clinic Manager
Deborah Persian is the Clinic Manager for Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics. She manages and supervises the operational and administrative functions, activities, and projects of our primary care and specialty clinic(s). Deborah has over 25 years of medical management including consulting, hospital, and clinic experience. She has an extensive background in financial and clinical operations in hospital, primary, pediatric, and specialty clinics. Deborah’s focus has always been to ensure excellent patient care and make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve.
Tammie Jefferies, Executive Assistant
As the Hospital’s Executive Assistant to the CEO, Medical Staff Coordinator, and Hospital Foundation Trustee and Secretary, Tammie Jefferies is an invaluable member of the executive team. Her Hospital career spans over 15 years, where prior to her current duties, she was the assistant to the HR Manager. Jefferies provides support to other executive team members and hospital managers throughout the organization. Her other duties include the coordination of the employee activities committee and auxiliary.
Eric Volk, CPA, vCFO, Partner, WIPFLI
Eric Volk is a partner in Wipfli LLP’s Spokane office. He specializes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and audits for critical access hospitals. He has significant experience improving cost-based reimbursement for hospitals, as well as providing cost report audit and appeal support. Volk provides consulting services to several providers in the region, enabling him to develop and maintain a solid understanding of issues common to the healthcare industry.
Mary Ledbury, vCIO, Principal, Maxwell IT
Mary Ledbury is responsible for the delivery of our virtual CIO project management services. She is a technology industry veteran with a 25-year record of architecting and implementing software and services. Prior to joining Maxwell IT, some of Ledbury’s previous positions include VP of Technology for Travelport, a Cendant Company, and Chief Technology Officer for Phycom Corporation, a disease management and care management software firm. She has successfully built global project teams to deliver complex systems and solutions.
Ledbury holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University.