ASHRM welcomes new president


The American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) has appointed a new president, a new president-elect and two new board members.

Andrew Oppenberg will serve as president of ASHRM for one year while Jacque Mitchell has been elected president-elect. Franchesca Charney and Gwen Stokes have also joined its board.

Oppenberg has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare risk management and patient safety, plus an additional eight years’ experience in various clinical and medical research arenas. He is the director of risk management and the patient safety officer for Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Glendale, California.

“My heartfelt thanks to the ASHRM membership, who elected me to serve as your 2013 president,” said Oppenberg. “I look forward to giving back to the health care risk management profession in the next year.”
Mitchell has worked in the risk management field for almost 20 years. She currently serves as risk manager at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a large trauma center with an attached medical school. She handles all claims and risk management duties.

A healthcare risk manager since 2000, Charney assists the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in its efforts to improve patient safety and reduce risks through the education and training of healthcare providers. In addition, she is responsible for developing the Patient Safety Liaison program for the Authority.

Stokes provides risk management consultative services to Allied World Assurance Company policyholders. Prior to her position at AWAC Services, Stokes was assistant vice president of risk management at Premier Insurance Management Services and vice president of risk management consulting services at McNeary Healthcare Insurance Services.

American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), president, healthcare risk management