James A. Cook, MSW
Mr. Cook was previously the Executive Director of Visiting Nurse Community Services and Chief Operating Officer of Partners in Care Foundation. In 2000 he helped start Antelope Valley Partners for Health which incorporated in 2004. In April 2007 he incorporated Antelope Valley Community Clinic. Mr. Cook is responsible for Board, Program, and Fund Development, as well as, personnel, licensing and contracting. He has authored and received numerous grants including The Ahmanson Foundation, Komen, Avon Blue Shield, Kaiser, Parson’s Foundation, California Community Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, LA Care, First 5-Healthy Births, Black Infant Health and numerous other private and public foundation grants. Mr. Cook has his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Loyola U. and his Master Degree in Social Work from USC with over 30 years’ experience in health care administration.
Karunyan Arul, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Arul has been practicing Pediatric Medicine and Endocrinology in the Antelope Valley for over 30 years. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Board Certified in Pediatric Endocrinology and past Board Certification in Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. He was founder and Medical Director of Sierra Medical Group from 1984-2006. He oversees professional medical staff and mid-levels, assist in the development of policies and procedures as well as Quality Assurance and Medical Advisory Committees. Dr. Arul is mainly located in our Lancaster clinic and primarily focuses on Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Mark Woolery, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Mark has over 15 years’ experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. He has worked in a senior leadership position at 3 other FQHCs. Mark manages daily operations for Finance and Accounting as well as Patient Registration and Billing. He ensures timely and accurate Financial Statements and Fiscal reports to funders.
Suzanne Shoop, RN, PHN
Chief Nursing Officer
Suzanne has been an RN for about fourteen years and has mostly worked at Antelope Valley Hospital. She has been a Nurse Manager for about 10 years primarily overseeing Critical Care Units and up to 120 clinical staff. She is our Chief Nursing Officer overseeing all of our clinical activities at all sites including RN’s, LVN’s and Medical Assistants.
Staffing now includes about 34 providers including Physicians-Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Practice, Infectious Disease, Psychiatry and Podiatry. Mid-Levels include FNP’s, PA’s and this year we have added a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and an FNP, who does Dermatology. Overall we have grown from 5 staff in 2008 to 230.