Friday, August 19, 2011

Visit from LAO, CHEAC and CAPH


Today (Thursday), I had the opportunity to help share the exciting work we have underway in our health system to implement health reform with some special guests from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), County Health Executives Association of California and the California Association of Public Hospitals. The LAO provides fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature, serving as its "eyes and ears.” We were one of only three counties in California that the group visited this summer to gather information on efforts around the Medi-Cal Waiver, health care coverage expansion initiatives and other issues facing systems like ours.

CCHS Director Dr. William Walker, Contra Costa Health Plan CEO Patricia Tanquary, Assistant to the Director Wanda Session and I presented an overview of the comprehensive services we provide to our community- from our hospital, 10 primary care federally qualified Health Centers, nationally recognized family practice residency program and Health Plan to our extensive network of mental health and substance abuse providers and array of public health outreach, education and disease management programs. I was excited to talk about our innovation work and Lean Management System to continuously improve our system.

As we covered the array of critical services we provide, I was struck yet again by the groundbreaking work we do every day. I am so proud to work with colleagues committed to excellence and to doing common things uncommonly well. The work we are undertaking now to prepare for 2014 is the most thrilling challenge of my 18-year career here. The work you are doing is remarkable and we are well on our way to achieving our goal of the better health, better care and lower costs.

Thank you for all that you do.

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