Jan 26, 2022
Since its establishment in 1899, Chinese Hospital has been a pivotal part of the San Francisco community, and relentlessly upholding its mission “deliver quality health care in a cost-effective way, responsive to the community’s ethnic and cultural uniqueness, providing access to health care and acceptability to all socioeconomic levels” despite the pandemic. Over 120 years, Chinese Hospital has gradually evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the community by expanding its services and delivering patient-centered, quality care. The Installation Ceremony of the Chinese Hospital Board of Trustees 2022 was held on January 26th in a simple and safe manner, with COVID-19 countermeasures in mind.
The Board of Trustees 2022 took the oath of office, administered by San Francisco’s Mayor, Ms. London Breed. Mr. Kitman Chan and Mr. Harvey Louie were pleased to be re-elected as the chair and vice-chair of the board.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Chan thanked all the board members for their time and dedication in making 2021 a success, especially considering the difficulties being faced by our industry. Then, he expressed his sincere appreciation to the management team, medical staff and employees, who have been working tirelessly to safeguard the health and well-being of the community. He also expressed his gratitude to all Chinese Hospital supporters.
“2021 continued to be an extremely challenging year, but I am proud that the board and management and management have worked closely together and made significant accomplishments,” said Mr. Chan.
Mr. Chan highlighted a number of accomplishments of 2021 in his speech, including:
- Administered close to 50,000 vaccines, tested more than 33,000 people, and visited more than 30 single room occupancy (SRO) buildings in the community.
- Successfully safeguarded our vulnerable community by providing education, testing, contact tracing, quarantine, linkage of care and vaccination, as well as partnering with San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to offer COVID-19 testing at Portsmouth Square weekly. Chinatown community achieved 82% vaccination rate, and remains one of the areas with very low infection rate in the nation.
- Outperformed most of other similar community hospitals nationwide with a positive EBIDA.
- Continued to expand collaborations with SFDPH, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH), UCSF, Kaiser Permanente and other health systems.
Mr. Chan added, “I am honored and humbled to be elected as the chair again but 2022 remains challenging for Chinese Hospital and the health care industry due to COVID-19.” In 2022, Chinese Hospital will sustain and lead the efforts to protect the community from COVID-19, and continue to expand collaborations and partnerships to create new programs and services. In addition, patient safety along with providing excellent patient experience remains our top priority. We will continue to improve the quality of care, as well as enhance our financial viability and operational efficacy.
Chinese Hospital is the only independent community hospital in San Francisco and it is here purely to serve the community. Over the years, we have played an important role in keeping our community as healthy as possible, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of the speech, Mr. Chan sincerely hoped that the government and community continues to support Chinese Hospital by using hospital and clinics’ services for their medical needs and selecting CCHP as their health plan. By continue working together, Chinese Hospital will grow and emerge stronger than ever in 2022.