Staff Report

CenCal Health has appointed Dr. Alan Bernstein as its senior medical director, Dr. Karen Hord as medical director, and Richard Golfin III as compliance officer.

CenCal Health provides health coverage for nearly 180,000 members in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, insuring the most people on the Central Coast.

“It is a pleasure to introduce not one, but three such distinguished professionals to the CenCal Health leadership team and to our communities,” said CEO Bob Freeman.

Dr. Bernstein is a board-certified pediatrician with more than 37 years of clinical experience. He has been chief medical officer or medical director with multiple health care organizations including hospitals, federally qualified health centers, multi-specialty group practices and commercial/Medicaid/Medicare-managed care plans.

Dr. Hord, since moving to California, has been providing primary care in multispecialty clinics, including care for people with substance-use conditions, and in promoting health in young adult communities. She most recently held the position of Medical Director of Student Health at Cal Poly.

Golfin III brings extensive background in medical-legal compliance and academic expertise to the role of compliance officer.

He has managed and directed the launch of multiple integrated-care delivery programs across California and led the resolution of complex medical-legal compliance issues to root out fraud, waste and abuse within provider networks and delegated entities.

He earned a degree in law with distinction in health law and policy from Drake University.