Donor Network West Names Robynn Van Patten as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Promotes Lynnette Johnson to Vice President of People Services
SAN RAMON, CA (November 8, 2022) – Donor Network West, the federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) for northern California and northern Nevada, today announced the appointment of Robynn Van Patten as the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and the promotion of Lynnette Johnson to Vice President of People Services. Robynn will provide legal counsel to the organization, along with overseeing the overall administration to help further Donor Network West’s mission of saving and healing lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation and research. Lynnette will oversee human resources, recruitment, learning and development and administrative services.
“I am pleased to welcome Robynn and Lynnette to our executive leadership team,” said Janice Whaley, President and CEO of Donor Network West. “Robynn has been committed to healthcare since the start of her career as a lawyer. She has provided legal counsel to several leading hospital systems and has been honored as one of the ‘Top 10 General Counsel’ in California. Her passion for helping people thrive is undeniable and her significant expertise will be invaluable to helping us continue to fulfill our vision.”
“In her previous role as the Director of Human Resources, Lynnette took on additional responsibilities to help lead our human resources and recruiting departments while we were identifying a new leader. She has done a great job supporting her team and ensuring that the work of the department continued seamlessly. I am proud to support her professional growth and look forward to seeing her develop new programs to enhance the culture and work experience for our employees,” Whaley continued.
Robynn Van Patten, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer
Robynn joins Donor Network West with more than two decades of healthcare experience. Most recently, Robynn was the Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President at Community Medical Centers where she led the legal team and provided oversight and guidance for Risk, Compliance, Human Resources, Contracting, Quality and other departments. During her time at Community Medical Center, she helped create a cancer center, a medical foundation and implemented one of the first telemedicine programs to serve remote communities in Northern California.
Prior to joining Community Medical Center, Robynn served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President at St. Joseph Health System, General Counsel at Daughters of Charity Health System and Senior Counsel at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Robynn also worked at the Department of Health and Human Services as Associate General Counsel where she was responsible for providing all legal advice to the Phoenix Region Indian Health Service serving the Native American tribes.
Robynn received her Juris Doctorate in Health Law from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, in English Literature and Native American Studies.
Lynnette Johnson, Vice President of People Services
Lynnette is a seasoned leader with more than 15 years of experience leading human resources operations. Most recently Lynnette was a Human Resources Consultant for Diablo Valley Oncology & Hematology Medical Group where she lead the human resources and recruiting functions to ensure exceptional care and service for patients. Prior to that, she was a Physician Human Resource Leader with The Permanente Medical Group.
Lynnette earned her Master of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership from National University and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Human Resource Management from Simpson University. Lynnette has also received a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation and research. Established in 1987, Donor Network West is designated and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), is a member of the Organ Donation Alliance and is an official Donate Life organization. Donor Network West is federally designated to serve 45 counties in northern California and northern Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries to help increase donor registration. For information, visit www.DonorNetworkWest.org and follow us on social media: @mydnwest.