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November 4, 2009 > Solid Leadership leads to solid Investments in our Community's Health

Solid Leadership leads to solid Investments in our Community's Health

During the past year, Washington Hospital has continued to grow by delivering top-notch medical service. Having cared for more than 13,000 admitted patients, 46,000-plus who have sought help in our emergency room, and more than 4,000 surgical patients, we continue our more than 50 years of service by improving the high quality of care we provide in our efforts to meet the medical needs of our community.

Due to the outpouring of support for the programs that we've pioneered, the hospital has been able to make critical and strategic investments in staff, equipment and technology. Because we operate under a not-for-profit status, and the hospital does not receive any taxpayer support for its operations, all of the revenues that would otherwise be siphoned away as profit are re-invested directly into critical programs that have made Washington Hospital a world-class and leading-edge facility.

This success does not happen overnight, it is achieved through forward planning and only is realized when strategic initiatives are executed well. Washington Hospital has had a tremendously successful year due, in large part, to the fact that strategic initiatives started years ago have been executed effectively and have allowed the Hospital to become an improved and more fiscally sound medical system.

One example of this approach is the Washington Cardiovascular Institute. Its staff of experienced doctors understand how to identify, monitor and treat serious heart problems. These 13 interventional cardiologists specialize in screening and non-invasive testing. Our participation in important clinical studies and investment in state-of-the-art equipment allows us to deliver minimally invasive and technologically advanced treatments to the residents of Washington Township Health Care District. It also means that patients who are brought to Washington Hospital as a result of our designation as a cardiac receiving center for Alameda County get the best care available.

Another of our incredibly successful programs is the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute, where patients with tumors, aneurisms, spinal problems and other neck or head problems are treated. Our specialists are internationally known leaders, and use the most modern, minimally invasive techniques that enable patients to return to a good quality of life in a minimal amount of time.

The Center for Joint Replacement has also grown over the years and performs more than 1,000 joint replacements a year and draws patients from across the United States. In fact, we'll break new ground in January for the new Center for Joint Replacement to better accommodate the large volume of joint replacement as well as our aging population of baby boomers.

Because of the success of our strategic investments and our not-for-profit status, we are able to enhance, improve and expand other offerings to our community such as our Washington Women's Center, dedicated to improving the health of women, and our Breast Health Program which recently received a three-year accreditation making it the only center like it to earn this distinction in the Bay Area. In fact, the closest facilities that share the same accreditation are in Bellingham, Wash. and San Diego, Calif. We also have a birthing center, which includes a special care nursery for newborns. In fact, the Washington/Packard Children's Special Care Nursery was the first satellite facility in the Bay Area for Lucile Packard for the care of premature babies or for those in need of serious medical care immediately after birth. Our acclaimed mammography and pre-natal care provides critical services to the District's women who need and depend on our hospital.

This success could not be achieved without excellent leadership through the District's elected Board and the Hospital's Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Farber. Their collective, unique vision for Washington Hospital has created a world-class facility, an achievement likely not imagined more than 50 years ago when the Hospital first opened its doors.

With this in mind, the Washington Hospital Board of Directors will be taking up the matter of the chief executive officer's contract and incentive compensation as part of its actions on November 5th.

"We are fortunate enough to be in a financial position that will allow us to compensate our staff so that we retain high quality talent and the patients of Washington Hospital deserve no less," said William Nicholson, MD, president of the Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors. "Washington Hospital operates without a dime of ongoing taxpayer assistance for salaries and operations, which is unlike many Districts throughout California, and we are on very solid financial footing due to the success of the institution and that should be considered in the establishment of compensation for all who have contributed to that success."

"As we do in all matters of governance, we will be considering the matter of CEO compensation in a very thorough and careful manner," continued Dr. Nicholson. "For us to do other wise, would not be of service to the District's residents who would likely agree with me that the Hospital's track record of success speaks to the successful day-to-day administration of the Health System."

This month's Board meeting where this matter will be considered will be held on Thursday, November 5, at 6 p.m., in the Anderson Auditoriums in Washington West, which is located at 2500 Mowry Ave., in Fremont.

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