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CEO Message

Kimberly Hartz

Over the past year, the staff and physicians of Washington Hospital Healthcare System (WHHS) proved that in times of crisis they are resourceful, resilient, and focused on our mission. That is why we bestowed the 2021 Nancy Farber Patient First Ethic Award not on an individual, but the entire Healthcare System, acknowledging how everyone here collaborated in a time of crisis to ensure safe, compassionate care for our patients and community when they needed us most.

While the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered for its extraordinary challenges, we also celebrate recent successes that foretell a bright future for local health care. At the top of the list is the passing of Measure XX by the residents of Washington Township Health Care District. Our community once again proved its unwavering support for the Hospital and for this we are grateful. When they voted to approve Measure XX, residents supported our continued investment and expansion of our campus. This includes the build-out of space in the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion and construction of a modern new patient tower, which are necessary to meet unfunded state seismic mandates by the 2030 deadline, keeping our Hospital open.

This year, our UCSF cardiothoracic and structural heart physicians began performing transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) here in Fremont. TAVR, a minimally invasive procedure, replaces the need for open-heart surgery and gives aortic stenosis patients who need a heart valve a new lease on life without leaving their community. This is just one of the many ways our growing affiliation with UCSF Health benefits our patients.

I am also pleased to announce that last month we participated in the prestigious Joint Commission survey. Based on on-site surveyor feedback, we expect to receive their three-year accreditation, which is the Gold Seal of Approval from the country’s oldest and largest health care accrediting body. This accreditation, like other awards and recognitions, is the byproduct of the drive and commitment to high-quality and safe patient care demonstrated by our employees, physicians and volunteers.

Now, while continuing to safely care for patients in a pandemic, we are focused on the most promising hope for ending this crisis: vaccinating our community. Following local public health and CDC directives, we started with staff and physicians, then began vaccinating eligible community members on February 1. On behalf of the Washington Hospital family, I strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated when you are eligible and given the opportunity, so that we can reach herd immunity and finally end the fight against COVID-19.

I am hopeful for a return to our “new normal” and excited about the future of WHHS. While I feel we are turning the corner, there may be a few bumps along the way. The road to recovery will not happen overnight, but as we go through that journey we will continue to improve our facilities, bring the newest in medical technology to this community, and keep our team committed to the Patient First Ethic.

If you have any questions or would like more information about Washington Hospital, including anything I’ve shared in this letter, please contact Community Relations at 510.818.7417.

Kimberly Hartz

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Chief Executive Officer