February 22, 2024
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CenCal Health celebrates 40th anniversary


Marina Owen, CenCal Health CEO, speaks at the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration on Dec. 6. (Mike Harris / PCBT Staff)

CenCal Health celebrated its 40th anniversary at a Dec. 6 program at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beach Front Resort.

“CenCal Health is grateful for the partnership of local healthcare providers and county agencies,” Marina Owen, the organization’s CEO, said.

“Over four decades ago, this community had the foresight to come together and organize to more effectively manage the care of the most vulnerable among us,” Owen said.

CenCal Health is a publicly-sponsored health plan that provides comprehensive health coverage to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Other speakers included Mark Lisa, vice chair of CenCal Health’s board, and board member Joan Hartmann, a Santa Barbara County supervisor.

Also speaking at the celebration were Board Chair Dr. Rene Bravo, a physician with Bravo Pediatrics, and CenCal Health COO Jordan Turetsky.