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Lynda Tanner Appointed Board Chair at CenCal Health

Feb 11, 2022

Retiring VNA Health CEO to Lead Board of Directors at Local Health Plan
Lynda TannerCenCal Health CEO Marina Owen announced today that, effective January 19, Lynda S. Tanner will serve as Chair of the 2022 CenCal Health Board of Directors. Tanner has served on the CenCal Health’s Board since 2015, most recently as Vice Chair and Finance Committee Chair.

Tanner is the President and CEO of VNA Health, an organization of 250 employees providing hospice, home health and palliative care service programs to more than 12,000 people annually across Santa Barbara County. On February 14, in preparation for her upcoming retirement, Tanner will step down from her current position as CEO of VNA Health, but will remain with the organization as Past President and CEO during a period of transition.

“Having worked with Lynda during my earlier tenure at CenCal Health, I know her to be an exceptional healthcare executive who is wholly dedicated to her community,” said Owen in making the announcement. “Lynda will be invaluable to me and our Board of Directors, offering us her thoughtful, professional guidance as together we fulfill our mission of improving the health and wellness of our diverse communities.”

After successfully pressing for legislation to increase end-of-life inpatient beds, in 2011 Tanner oversaw VNA Health’s opening of a new state-of-the-art inpatient hospice facility, Serenity House. She also directed the acquisition of Community Home Health, which increased VNA Health’s delivery of home health services by 35%, and successfully obtained branch status for a satellite location in Santa Ynez. Since 2014, Tanner has participated in VNA Health’s annual PHorum: Perspectives in Healthcare, providing leadership on key healthcare priorities in Santa Barbara. In late 2017, after five years of diligent work, Tanner announced that VNA Health had achieved Level 4 of the We Honor Veterans; a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. VNA Health is the only hospice organization in the Tri-County area (Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo) to have achieved this level.

As Chairperson of the CenCal Health Board of Directors, Tanner will lead a representative group of distinguished directors from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Those directors are:

  • Sue Andersen, President and CEO, Marian Regional Medical Center
  • Supervisor Debbie Arnold, District 5, San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors
  • Edward S. Bentley, MD, Santa Barbara Gastroenterology Consultants (Medical Association Representative for Santa Barbara County)
  • René Bravo, MD, Bravo Pediatrics (Medical Association Representative for San Luis Obispo County)
  • Van Do-Reynoso, MPH, PhD, Director, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
  • Supervisor Joan Hartmann, District 3, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors
  • Dan Herlinger, Consumer Classification (Medi-Cal/Medicare Representative for Santa Barbara County)
  • Richard “Michael” Hill, Director, San Luis Obispo County Health Agency
  • Mark P. Lisa, CEO, Tenet Health Central Coast
  • Daniel Nielson, Director, Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services

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About CenCal Health

CenCal Health is a community-accountable health plan that partners with over 1,500 local physicians, hospitals and other providers in delivering patient care to more than 210,000 members – about one in four residents of Santa Barbara County and one in five residents of San Luis Obispo County. A public agency, the health plan contributes approximately $50 million a month into the local economy, primarily through payments to healthcare providers who serve its membership. Established in 1983, it is the oldest managed care Medicaid plan of its kind in the nation. View its annual Community Report at

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