Executive Profile
Thursday, January 14, 1999

Name: Linda Richards
Age: 52
Position: Director of health services, Kapiolani HealthHawaii
First job: Babysitting, San Jose, Calif.
Favorite pastime: Kayak exploring

Providing a 'total package'
at Kapiolani Health

Linda Richards supervises key elements at Kapiolani HealthHawaii. She oversees the health plan's quality management, medical management and early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment programs. "Our goal is to provide our patients with a total package --a continuum of care," Richards said.

She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and more than 15 years in managed care working with physician groups as well as managed care organizations. Richards most recently was director of utilization and quality management for the Independent Physicians Association at the University of Southern California.

Richards also worked for Prudential Healthcare, CareAmerica, and Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. She got her nursing training at the Hillcrest Medical Center School of Nursing in Tulsa, Okla.

By Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin

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