Red Cross selects new executive to lead the new Heart of the Valley chapter
American Red Cross announced Christopher Losavio has taken the role of Executive Director for the newly created American Red Cross of the Heart of the Valley. In this position, Losavio will serve in a leadership role working with more than 526 local volunteers and many community partners to improve the resiliency of the communities and the more than 1.6 million residents of Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
“As we create this new chapter, we are confident that Chris is the right person to lead us forward,” said Jennifer Adrio, Regional CEO, American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region. “Chris brings a wealth of experience in community engagement as well as disaster preparation, response and recovery.”
Losavio said his focus will be on relationships. “I want to strengthen our current relationships and develop new relationships for the future to help deliver life-saving Red Cross programs and services.” said Losavio “I am proud to join our dedicated volunteers and our generous community and corporate partners in providing the Red Cross lifesaving services to those living and working in our Chapter.”
Most recently, Losavio served the Regional Director of the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services program for the American Red Cross of Greater New York. Over the last two years, he has managed a team of staff and volunteers to support the military and international community. In this role, he built and managed a team of over 200 volunteers. This team works to support the casework and resiliency for active duty service members, veterans and their families. They also provide support to five veteran hospitals, families preparing for pre or post deployment, individuals joining the military, and families who were displaced due to war or conflict.
DMC receives quality achievement award
Doctors Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Doctors Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center. “Our team has done a wonderful job of utilizing the tools and resources provided to help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
Doctors Medical Center also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
In addition, Doctors Medical Center received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”
Doctors Medical Center met specific scientific guidelines earlier this year to become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“We are pleased to recognize Doctors Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
New Chief Strategy Officer appointed for Tenet’s Central Valley hospitals
Tenet Healthcare has appointed Sabrina High as the new Chief Strategy Officer for its three Central Valley Market hospitals – Doctors Medical Center, Emanuel Medical Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca – effective July 13.
As Chief Strategy Officer, High will focus on the growth and development of the market’s network of services to ensure the hospitals are meeting the needs of their communities and providing convenient access to high-quality care close to home.
“Sabrina has excellent experience working in healthcare business development and brings a fresh perspective to enhancing and expanding our healthcare delivery,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Tenet’s Northern California Group. “We are delighted to have her in this role on our executive team.”
High has been with Tenet since 2013. She most recently served as the Group VP of Business Development for the Northern California Group in which she was responsible for driving growth within the six hospitals. Prior to her VP role, Sabrina served as a Physician Relations Manager at Doctors Medical Center where she was responsible for strategically planning and implementing outreach efforts and improving hospital physician relationships. She also previously served as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
High earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University Stanislaus. She and her husband have two children and reside in Modesto.
Merced College alumnus is top cadet at recent Fresno City College police academy graduation
Merced College alumnus Tim Slenders was recognized as the Top All-Around Cadet at the Fresno City College Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy graduation on July 15.
Slenders, 32, was working as a jail sergeant at the Adult Detention Facility with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department when he enrolled at Merced College to complete one of his remaining POST modules required of all full-time law enforcement officers by the State of California.
Sponsored by the Mariposa agency for his POST training, Slenders then went on to the academy at Fresno City College in January. There he completed the final module, which is only offered at full law enforcement academies.
Slenders, now a deputy sheriff on patrol in Mariposa, was also recognized for having the Top Law Enforcement Skills at his Fresno City College graduation.