The senior management team at the Venice Family Clinic has been selected to participate in the Clinic Leadership Institute’s Executive Excellence program (Ex2), a collaborative project of Blue Shield of California Foundation, UCLA Anderson Executive Education, and University of California-San Francisco’s Center for the Health Professions.
The program is designed to bolster the leadership skills of clinic executive teams and expand their capacity to run high-performing health centers, a clinic spokesperson said. The Venice Family Clinic is the largest free health clinic in the country.
Participating in the project are Venice Family Clinic managers including CEO and Executive Director Elizabeth Benson Forer; Medical Director Karen Lamp; Chief Financial Officer Loreto Melo; Chief Development Officer and Director of Development Laney Kapgan; and Director of Children First Early Head Start Stacey Scarborough.
“Venice Family Clinic is thrilled to have our leadership recognized by Blue Shield of California Foundation for participation in the Clinic Leadership Institute’s Executive Excellence program,” said Forer. “We look forward to collaborating with our peers in the community health care industry to share our best practices and discover new ideas for providing quality health care to people in need.”
Ex2 is the latest offering from the Clinic Leadership Institute, a signature project of Blue Shield of California Foundation. The five participating executive teams were selected based on their commitment to staff development, and their long-term dedication to community health, according to the foundation. The Ex2 curriculum – including strategic, fiscal communication, and change management training – is based in the research of UCLA Anderson’s faculty and has been tested by experts in community health and clinic culture.
“This program aims to prepare and support leaders in California’s health care safety net to be successful in a dynamic environment,” said Peter Long, president and CEO of the Blue Shield foundation.

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