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El Camino employees defend Graham

Original post made on May 12, 2011

Two El Camino Hospital employees recently collected more than 250 signatures on a petition calling for Chief Executive Officer Ken Graham to remain at the helm of the hospital. However, despite their efforts and protests, the hospital board remained firm in its decision, announcing on May 12 that an interim CEO has been named and that the search for a new hospital head is well underway.

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Posted by Duke
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Please list Mr. Ken Graham's bio.

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Posted by Seer
a resident of Castro City
on May 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

It is nauseating to see that this hospital apparently has so much money that they can't fix their own personnel problems without a $1M severance to a CEO whose supposedly poor performance has never been documented. Given the vast subsidies Mountain View has given the hospital it is a gross and callous disregard for Mountain View's citizens for the board to act as though this was their money to spend.

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Posted by INFO
a resident of Willowgate
on May 13, 2011 at 10:07 am

Heres some Bio info I was able to find....

The chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, Ken Graham, has been awarded the 2011 Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives. The award, the organization’s highest honor for healthcare leaders, will be presented on Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Opening Session of ACHE’s 54th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Given to Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial and national levels, the Gold Medal recognizes those who go beyond the confines of their own organizations to significantly improve healthcare services and community health.

Mr. Graham, a seasoned healthcare executive with 40 years experience, began his tenure as El Camino Hospital’s CEO in mid-2006, after serving 12 years as president and CEO of Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, WA. Under his leadership El Camino Hospital became one of the first California hospitals to meet the state-imposed deadline to create a seismically safe facility—on time and on budget. The new hospital, opened in 2009, was proclaimed “the most technologically advanced hospital in the world” by Popular Science Magazine. Mr. Graham also led El Camino's first hospital acquisition and established El Camino Hospital - Los Gatos in 2009 when the former operator ceased operations at that site.

Throughout his career, Mr. Graham has been a committed community leader involved with local, regional and national organizations, having served as a member or adviser to more than a dozen hospitals or healthcare organization boards. Among them was RotaCare Free Clinics, where he served as voluntary executive director. RotaCare is dedicated to providing more than a dozen free medical clinics to people who have the greatest need and limited access to medical services. Mr. Graham continues to serve on its board. In 2010, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the California Healthcare Policy and Data Advisory Commission. He recently served as a board member for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and for the Parkinson’s Disease Institute of Sunnyvale.

Mr. Graham has served on the California Hospital Association board of directors, ex officio; the American Heart Association, Silicon Valley board; and the Washington State Hospital Association board. He has been a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1983
He holds a bachelor of science degree in public health and master of public health degree in hospital administration, both from UCLA.

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Posted by Digger
a resident of Castro City
on May 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Whatever has been posted on Graham is all there is. Prior to his coming to El Camino there is practically nothing. His predecessor has a greater paper trail as well as the chief before him.

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