Past Woman of the Year Winners
Each year, WHCE honors a woman whose contributions to the health care field are exceptional and deserving of recognition. We celebrate our honoree at a special evening held each year in San Francisco.2012 - Sharon Levine, M.D. - Associate Medical Director, The Permanente Medical Group - In addition to distinguished work as a senior executive within TPMG, she advocates nationally for patient-centered care.
2011- Sarah Krevans - President of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region - She is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of Sutter Health in the Sacramento Sierra Region.
2010 - Tangerine Brigham - Deputy director of Public Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and director of Healthy San Francisco - One of California’s most effective health care leaders
and a key player in San Francisco city government.
2009 - Gene Marie O'Connell - CEO, San Francisco General Hospital - Under her leadership, San Francisco General Hospital – the only trauma center in the City & County of San Francisco – distinguished itself as one of the nation’s top tertiary academic medical centers and safety net institutions.
2008 - Kimberly Popovits – CEO, Genomic Health, Inc. - through her pioneering work at both Genetech and Genomic Health, she paved the way for life-saving new breast cancer diagnostics and therapies.
2007 - Sandra Hernández, M.D. - CEO of The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) and former director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco.
2006 - Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. – Clinician (University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine), medical education reformer, pioneer in mind/body holistic health and New York Times bestselling author.
2005 - Victoria Hale, Ph.D. – CEO and founder of the Institute for OneWorld Health, the country’s first non-profit pharmaceutical company.
2004 - State Senator Jackie Speier – California State Senator and health care advocate.
2003 - Molly Joel Coye, M.D. – CEO and founder of Health Technology Center, former Senior VP of Health Dimensions and former director, California Department of Health Services.
2002 - Andrea Martin – Founder and executive director of The Breast Cancer Fund.
2001 - Jenny Chin Hansen – Executive Director, On Lok.
2000 - Cora Tellez –President & CEO, Health Net of California (Health Plans Division).
Why Be a Sponsor?
Your sponsorship of WHCE’s Woman of the Year program will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission of supporting women’s career goals in the health care field through our regular membership activities. It will also permit us to fund two scholarships: The Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship, and the Girl’s Inc. Annual Scholarship.
The Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship: Currently awarded in the amount of $4,000, this is an educational scholarship targeted for women who are at a postgraduate or other advanced level of training and desire additional academic training and/or research to further their career interests. Lynn Adamson was a Bay Area health care planner, a long-time WHCE member and former President of WHCE (1993-94), as well as the founder of the Bay Area Health Care Planning Association (one of the predecessors to the Society of Professionals In Healthcare). Lynn was tireless in her support of these organizations and the individuals she met through them, and exhibited courage and unflagging optimism in the face of many serious medical challenges. Lynn died suddenly in 1998, after suffering a major stroke.
The girls inc. Annual Scholarship: Currently awarded to a graduating high school senior in the amount of $2,000, this is an educational scholarship targeted to support undergraduate studies for at-risk and/or underserved young women interested in pursuing careers in science and/or health care. WHCE established a relationship with the California chapter of girls inc. in 2004. girls inc. provides vital educational programs for high-school-age girls, helping them to confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential and to prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO:
White Space Healthcare Marketing for pro bono design services--both WOTY invitation and program.