WOU in the News: Kaiser Permanente Names Patient Care Leader

Tae Abate has been named care experience practice leader of the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, overseeing development, planning and oversight of patient care experience.

Abate, who has made a career as a program coordinator and consultant for gender equality, violence against women issues and LGBTQ and human rights, is responsible for patient satisfaction. Abate previously worked at Dignity Health in San Francisco and most recently served as the director of patient experience at its Northridge Hospital in Los Angeles.

Kim Baenisch, 52, of San Rafael, announced this week that will be stepping down from her post as executive director of Trips for Kids, a San Rafael nonprofit, after four years with the organization.

Baenisch joined the nonprofit in 2014 as director of operations and worked to implement a plan transforming the Trips for Kids nationwide regional chapter program into a national organization. She was promoted to executive director a year later. Baenisch will work with the board of directors over the next three months to find a replacement. She is expected to remain in her position until the end of March.

Southern Marin fire Chief Chris Tubbs last month completed a master of arts degree in security studies at the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey.

Tubbs has been in the fire service for 40 years. He spent 19 years on one the 28 federal urban search and rescue teams as a task force safety officer, deploying to the Oklahoma City bombing and Hurricane Katrina. During the 18-month program, Tubbs worked with homeland security officials nationwide on current policy, strategy and organizational challenges. He holds a bachelor of science degree (magna cum laude) from Western Oregon University and a master of science degree from Grand Canyon University.

This story was published by Marin Independent Journal and written by Adrian Rodriguez.

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