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Kaiser names new chief nurse, wellness director
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Kaiser has two new leaders in the Central Valley service area.

Patricia “Pidge” Gooch, RN, CENP, has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer for Kaiser Permanente in the Central Valley.

Gooch oversees nursing care, quality, and service standards at Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center. 

She is a 1989 graduate of Ann May School of Nursing in Neptune, New Jersey. Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, Gooch was the Chief Nursing Officer of Doctors Hospital in Manteca. 

She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and holds a national certification in Millar executive nursing practice.

 Pediatrician Steven Millar has been appointed chief of Health Promotion for Kaiser Permanente in the Central Valley.

In his new role, Millar oversees health and wellness activities within Kaiser Permanente and through various community initiatives in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Dr. Millar received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. HecametoKaiserPermanentein2004andhasworkedathe Tracy Medical Offices since the outpatient clinic opened in January 2005. He speaks Spanish and also Kekchi, little — known language he learned while living on Guatemala  for several years.