In this time of the coronavirus pandemic - the greatest threat to our global health in more than a century - experienced, data driven leadership of local healthcare institutions is a crucial contributor to our families’ good health.
My actions as an El Camino Healthcare District board member (and El Camino Hospital board member) that have helped our community’s health in facing COVID-19 include:
- Allocated emergency funding of $2.4M in expanded testing of our employees and the community at large to build the security of and confidence in El Camino Health. Testing is free to uninsured people who live and work in the district.
- Championed the need for El Camino Hospital to maximize engagement with and support for local schools' testing.
- Focused our Community Benefit Advisory Committee to work closely with 70 community partners to ensure their service delivery models continued to safely provide mental and physical services to those in need. El Camino Health has expanded the direct funds provided by 4X to $11 million during my time on the board.
- Established an institutional strategy to accept short term financial losses to minimize, to the extent possible, disruption on employees’ lives and commensurate quality of healthcare delivery to the community. Executive leadership's 10% cut in compensation roughly mirrored the financial impact on front line workers and overall cut was less severe than Stanford’s 20% reduction.
Longer term Contributions
The US healthcare industry is undergoing unprecedented churn. My unique contribution as a board member has been to apply my strategic perspective and tactical experience from the high-tech industry with a deep understanding of and passion for El Camino Hospital. Our accomplishments include:
- As El Camino Hospital Board Chair I drove increased transparency and oversight quality by adding 24 community members, with deep subject matter expertise to six newly created oversight committees. This Innovation in district hospital governance has delivered on extremely high expectations for an improved quality of governance.
- Recognizing the diverse needs of district residents we continue to work with community organizations to improve service in: teen mental health, oncology, Heart and Vascular Institute, Womens Hospital, Stroke Center, domestic violence survivors, school nursing programs, South Asian Heart Center and Chinese Health Initiatives.
- Dramatically expanded delivery of services across the continuum of care to improve quality of care and access for district residents. In the past 4 years ECH has expanded from 3 to 13 sites of care and from 11 to 120 physicians.
- The quality of care El Camino Hospital is delivering has never been higher. Medicare.gov -The official US Government Site for Medicare rates El Camino hospital quality in the top echelon – 5 stars.
I am an effective board member because I am independent and accountable to all stakeholders, not any special interest group. I have endorsements from locally elected city council members and school boards from all the major cities within the district.