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Ex-county health chief has new job

Bruce Chernof, the embattled county health services director, announced Friday that he is leaving to become the chief executive of a new Long Beach-based foundation dedicated to improving healthcare for senior citizens.

Chernof will be the first to lead the SCAN Foundation, with an initial budget of $205 million from the SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicare and Medicaid HMO.

Chernof’s resignation Thursday from his county post caught county officials by surprise, and some privately expressed anger that he departed when the county health system is facing major troubles. His last day is expected to be May 15.

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-- Garrett Therolf


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