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Long Time Neighborhood Healthcare CEO Retiring, New CEO announced

Long Time Neighborhood Healthcare CEO Retiring, New CEO announced

CEO Tracy Ream

Neighborhood Healthcare's New CEO Rakesh Patel, MD, FAAFP, CPE

After 31 years of serving as Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Healthcare (formerly called Escondido Community Clinic), CEO Tracy Ream announced that she will retire on October 31, 2017.

During her tenure, Ream has led the nonprofit community healthcare agency that started from a small office provided by the City of Escondido for a dollar’s rent per year to a two county 12-site health system serving 67,000 low-income and uninsured patients a year.

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The Gift of Sight

By Chief Medical Officer James Schultz M.D.in honor of National Health Center Week

I became a doctor because I wanted to help alleviate the suffering of others.  For 13 years, I worked in a private medical group doing interesting and challenging work. But I became restless. I felt that I ought to be working as a doctor in some remote part of the world helping people who had no care and no options.  I guess I felt I had a calling … a sense of faith-based mission.

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National Health Center Week 2017 Begins

Neighborhood Healthcare ~ Devonshire Celebrates National Health Center Week

(Hemet, CA --August 10, 2017) Neighborhood Healthcare ~ Devonshire located in Hemet, California joins other community health centers across the country by celebrating National Health Center Week from August 13th – August 19th, 2017. The goal of this national campaign is to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.

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2017 Pace Setter Press Release

Neighborhood Healthcare

19th Annual Pace Setter Awards Gala Honors CEO Tracy Ream

May 31, 2017 – Neighborhood Healthcare’s CEO Tracy Ream will be honored at Neighborhood Healthcare’s 19th Annual Pace Setter Gala for her 31 years of leadership and service. Ream will retire on December 1, 2017.

The annual award ceremony and fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Orfila Vineyards in Escondido. This year’s theme is A Farewell Celebration.

“It’s an honor to celebrate Tracy’s accomplishment the past 31 years. Her leadership and service has grown one small town health center helping 2,000 patients a year into a vibrant nonprofit community healthcare agency operating11 community health centers and helping 67,000 people a year. Our neighbors in need receive medical, dental and behavioral health care thanks to Tracy’s vision,” says Neighborhood Healthcare Board President Johnny Watson.

Proceeds will also fund patient care at the Gold Family Health Center when it opens early next year and Unfunded Care for any patient in need of an appointment or medication. “Our sponsors like to say that we are the best investment in town. Thanks to their loyal support, we are throwing a great summer party to honor Tracy’s leadership, compassion and selfless service,” says Connie Burke, Director of Philanthropy and Communications.

Tracy Ream has served Neighborhood Healthcare in many caring and important ways since 1986 including:

  • Expanding services to offer not only medical care but dental care, behavioral healthcare and chiropractic care.
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into the Primary Care setting
  • Serving as President of the California Primary Care Association
  • Fundraising to provide financial stability through the Neighborhood Healthcare Endowment Fund

At the Pace Setter Gala guests will be able to escape to an adventure in dining and enjoy a memorable night featuring award-winning wines from Orfila Vineyards and a three-course gourmet meal prepared by Coast Catering. Manny Cepeda will perform live music and both live and silent auctions will top off this summer party which has become a sell-out event for nearly 300 guests.

Visionary and Title Sponsors include Alan and Debbie Gold, BioMed Realty and Vantage Medical Group. Community Builder sponsors include Gary and Maxine Kreitzer, Barney & Barney, Quest Diagnostics, Lab Corp, Palomar Health, Molina Healthcare, Toshiba, California Bank & Trust, Chapman and Associates, MPA, Walgreens and Wawanesa.

The event is sold out, however, contributions in honor of CEO Tracy Ream can be made by giving an online donation at www.nhcare.org

Editor’s Note:

Founded in 1969, Neighborhood Healthcare is an award-winning organization that is known for excelling at its mission. A private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community health organization, it employs 650people and provides medical, dental, behavioral healthcare and wellness promotion to 67,000 people a year including 21,000 children who might otherwise go without care. At its 11 health centers, located throughout San Diego and Riverside counties, Neighborhood Healthcare is regarded as a caring and compassionate place that helps those most in need. Having earned a reputation as an innovator for creating solutions to emerging community healthcare needs, Neighborhood Healthcare relies on philanthropic contributions to reach its goals. An association with Neighborhood Healthcare is an association with excellence. www.nhcare.org