Mountain View, Calif. — May 29, 2019 — The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors announced the appointments of Don Watters and Ming Jack Po, MD, PhD, to the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors.
Mr. Watters' term on the El Camino Hospital Board is effective May 21, 2019 and expires December 4, 2020 and fills a vacant seat. He has more than 25 years of experience in business management and consulting for McKinsey & Company across a variety of industries throughout the world. Mr. Watters has served on the boards of several nonprofits and corporations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.
Dr. Po's three-year term on the El Camino Hospital Board is effective July 1, 2019 and expires June 30, 2022. He has spent the past 20 years focusing on the intersection of technology, business and healthcare delivery and is currently a product manager at Google working on the application of machine learning in healthcare. In addition, Dr. Po is a trustee of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine; and a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from John Hopkins University, and a medical degree and doctorate from Columbia University.
"In this community, there are an amazing number of highly qualified candidates and we are extremely pleased with the outcome of this selection process," said District Board Chairperson Peter C. Fung, MD. "Mr. Watters and Dr. Po possess competencies, such as complex market partnerships, strategic planning, finance/entrepreneurship and leadership of high performing organization, that complement the skills of our current Hospital Board members."
The role of the publicly elected El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors is to oversee the assets of the District, including El Camino Hospital. One of the ways the District maintains oversight of the Hospital is by appointing Hospital Board members.
The El Camino Hospital District was established by voter approval in 1956 in accordance with California Local Hospital District Law. The purpose of the District is to establish, maintain and operate or provide assistance in the operation of health facilities and other health care services provider, groups and organizations that are necessary for the maintenance of good physical and mental health in the communities served by the District. The District, now known as El Camino Healthcare District, encompasses most of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills; a large portion of Sunnyvale, and small sections of Cupertino, Santa Clara and Palo Alto. The publicly elected El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors approves tax dollar expenditures, including expenditures for the award winning Community Benefit program. Community Benefit funds are granted each year to local nonprofits, schools and government programs that provide critical health services to the underserved. All District Board meetings are publicly noticed, open to the public and available for viewing on the District website.