El Camino Hospital appoints three new board members

Move will help board make better informed decisions, officials say

El Camino Hospital's board just got bigger. In a move intended to help the hospital board make better decisions, the health care organization finalized the appointment of three new directors on June 7.

Dr. Neal H. Cohen, Dr. Jeffrey Davis and Nandini Tandon -- all of whom have experience in medicine and business -- will help the hospital board "apply governance best practices" and "create more depth of subject matter expertise in the areas of finance, quality and policy," according to an El Camino press release.

All three new board members -- who will join the hospital board but not the hospital district board -- boast lengthy and diverse resumes.

Cohen is a medical doctor with multiple master's degrees in business and public health has experience in risk management and regulatory affairs; he is currently working as a professor of anesthesia and perioperative care and medicine at the U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine.

Davis is also a medical doctor with a master's degree in public health. He is the chief medical officer of Avivia Health -- a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente -- and the medical director of national sales and account management at Kaiser.

Tandon holds a doctoral degree in biochemistry. She has 20 years experience serving on the boards of pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms and worked as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley for a decade.

"Drs. Cohen, Davis and Tandon bring years of clinical and business expertise that will further strengthen the board's expertise -- not just in finance, quality and policy -- but also add a new dimension to our knowledge in hospital and physician relations, managed care, population health and disease management," said El Camino Hospital District Board Chairman, John Zoglin, in a statement. "Beyond these areas, their understanding of the dynamic health care market in Northern California will help us continue providing high-quality care for our patients in a rapidly changing health care environment."


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Posted by SP Phil
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I hope the new (and old) Board members will give attention to the Emergency Room at El Camino Hospital. Most/all the doctors and nurses there are contract workers (not regular, full-time ECH staff) and the coordination of care for a patient in the ER can be dismal, even dangerous: Patients left in exam rooms for hours, even overnight, yet not given meals; infection-causing errors with IVs, no consistent hand-washing, call buttons hung out of reach of patients, and more.

The compliments I read about ECH are always for the "regular" hospital. I fear having to go to the ER unless I arrive in an ambulance in extremis and therefore pass immediately into the hands of regular ECH medical professionals.

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Posted by Dorothea Grimes-Farrow
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

El Camino Hospital: Tomi Ryba,President and Chief Executive Officer is the Guest Speaker for the League of Women Voters - Mountain View/Los Altos, annual meeting. She plans to address highly pertinent issues regarding Healthcare and El Camino Hospital. Saturday, June 16, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at Michaels at Shoreline, Mountain View. This program is open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information on how to register, go to, or call 650-941-4846. The price is $25 per person, and includes lunch (choose from Pasta Primavera, Chicken Spinach Salad, or Shrimp Louie).

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Posted by Cade Brighton
a resident of Willowgate
on Dec 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I am excited to see Dr. Jeffrey Davis on the board of directors he is a great guy and I think he will do a great job as a board member. I worked with him in the past working toward a healthcare CRM like Web Link

With Dr. Davis past experience and his a master's degree in public health I am glad he is on the board.

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