Thought Leader, Care Redesign

Anna M. Roth, RN, MS, MPH

Chief Executive Officer
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers

Anna M. Roth, R.N., M.S., M.P.H., is the Chief Executive Officer of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers, a public hospital system in the San Francisco Bay Area. A leader in system redesign and innovation, Ms. Roth has spearheaded improvement efforts throughout her system, including the introduction of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Model for Improvement and the Toyota Production System’s Lean management system.

Committed to the engagement of frontline staff as drivers of change, Ms. Roth established the CCRMC Change Agent Fellowship to cultivate leaders from within her system as local redesign experts and to create a culture of continuous improvement. She also sees the inclusion of patients, families and the community as essential to transformation and includes them as full partners in delivery system redesign. Ms. Roth has played a key role in advancing health care reform efforts and other joint performance improvement initiatives with public hospital systems, safety-net organizations and government agencies.

A registered nurse with more than 25 years of health care experience, Ms. Roth holds a master’s degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MPH from Harvard University. She is a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where she teaches health care quality improvement and measurement.

In addition, Ms. Roth is an IHI Quality Improvement Fellow, the current chair of  Essential Hospitals Institute (formerly the National Public Health and Hospital Institute) board of directors, past Chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the California Health Care Safety Net Institute, and a past member of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems’ National Quality Council (now America’s Essential Hospitals). She currently is a member of the Medi-Cal Performance Advisory Committee, which serves as an evaluator to the Department of Health Care Services on the progress and application of Medi-Cal’s performance in California. Ms. Roth is also an avid blogger on subjects such as health reform, improvement science and leadership in the public sector. You can visit her blog at:

Anna Roth Panel Clip Still: Challenging Our Notion of the Safety Net

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Challenging Our Notion of the Safety Net

The U.S. safety-net population has the same aim as everyone else: good health.

Anna Roth Panel Clip Still: Prescribing Basic Resources Instead of Medicine

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Prescribing Basic Resources — Instead of Medicine

Anna Roth shares a real-world example of how integrating social needs with care delivery helps patients and lifts a burden from providers.

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Survey Snapshot: Identifying the Barriers to Improving Care, and Overcoming Them

What do we mean when we say "value" in care?

Anna M. Roth Video Still: Taking the Lead on Tackling Social Needs

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Taking the Lead on Tackling Social Needs

Addressing social needs must become the norm in health care, not the exception.

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Integrating Social Needs with Care Delivery

The CEO of a safety-net hospital addresses funding, partnerships, and preventing staff burnout.

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