After serving a stint as interim CEO during some of the clinic's most trying times, MayView Community Health Center announced last week that Ken Graham has accepted a permanent position as CEO.
Graham is the former CEO and president of El Camino Hospital, and spent four years in leadership positions at the The Queen's Health Systems in Hawaii before returning to the Bay Area in 2016. He took the interim job with MayView in January 2018 following reports that the nonprofit was in financial straits and hemorrhaging staff.
Since then, the network of three clinics -- with locations in Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale -- has reportedly rebounded. Under Graham's leadership, MayView underwent a "rebuilding year" with an eye towards better salaries and working conditions for physicians along with shaping up for accreditations and license recertifications that shows MayView meets all the requirements to be a Federal Qualified Health Center.
The dire finances and staff turnover threatened to shutter one of the three clinic locations, which would've been a blow for thousands of patients. A majority of those served by MayView are either on Medi-Cal or are uninsured, and the largest share of the patients reside in Mountain View. The health center is also largely seen as the successor to Mountain View' RotaCare clinic, which closed down in 2016 and diverted patients to MayView.
Graham told the Voice in December that he was technically pulled out of retirement by taking on his role as Interim CEO. His decision to stick around in the permanent leadership role is a "significant development" for the clinic and the community, according to a statement by MayView officials, who credit him for doubling the medical staff while maintaining "superb financial performance."
"We look forward to remarkable success as we expand our presence within the not for profit health care sector," according to the statement.