Mountain View, Calif., January 18, 2018 — The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors announced the election of Gary Kalbach and Julie Kliger, as the newest members of the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors. Mr. Kalbach and Ms. Kliger's terms are effective immediately and expire on June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020 respectively.
"When the District Board of Directors decided to expand the Hospital Board of Directors, we set out to increase the expertise and relevant experience of the Board in order to protect and strengthen El Camino Hospital as an outstanding community hospital," said District Board Chairperson Peter C. Fung, MD. "The two new Board members, Gary Kalbach and Julie Kliger, will be valued additions to the Hospital Board. Gary has an extensive background in finance and a talent for developing partnerships. Julie is a registered nurse and healthcare consultant with an impressive career in healthcare strategy and quality improvement, and is passionate about improving patient care. With a diversely skilled and committed Board, we will work to deliver on the Hospital’s mission and vision to advance the health of our patients and our entire community."
At its January 16, 2018 Board Meeting, the District Board elected Mr. Kalbach and Ms. Kliger as part of their decision to increase the number of subject matter experts on the El Camino Hospital Board. The new Board members were two of four finalists identified through a rigorous search process which culminated with the finalists being interviewed by the District Board in the open session of the Board Meeting. Prior to the open session interviews, the El Camino Hospital Board Member Election Ad Hoc Committee interviewed six candidates to identify the four finalists.
Mr. Kalbach has more than 30 years of experience in finance/entrepreneurship, strategic planning and partnership formation and served on more than 50 technology-based companies as a venture capital investor. He has served on the Governance Committee of the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors since 2012 and the Investment Committee of the Board of Directors since 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Kalbach was the Founding President and Chair of the Board of the Fogarty Institute of Innovation at El Camino Hospital. Additionally, since his retirement from a venture capital firm in 2006, he has served on numerous not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Kalbach earned his Master of Business Administration from San Jose State University and Bachelor of Science from University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Kliger is Managing Director of management consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal and is a key member of their West Coast Health Care Practice. She has more than 25 years of experience in leading large-impact care model redesign, strategic conversions, restructuring, corporate governance, and change management implementation. Prior to her work in strategic consulting, Ms. Kliger worked as a nurse at Stanford Children’s Hospital and Highland Hospital in Oakland California. She earned her Master of Public Administration from Harvard University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University; and Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Kliger is a Fellow of the California Health Care Foundation.
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.