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Ravenswood Family Health Center in EPA gets 2 year funding from Sequoia Healthcare District

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Apr 3, 2015

___At the Sequoia Healthcare District(SHD) board of directors meeting on April 1st, Luisa Buada, CEO of Ravenswood Family Health Center, made a presentation in support of a request for three years of funding at $750,000 per year. In her presentation, was a claim that 23% of patients who had accessed their health care services in 2014 were residents of the Sequoia Healthcare District.
***Readers may remember that the 2012-2013 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury noted that SHD gives funds to the Ravenswood Clinic, even though the clinic is not located within its boundaries.***
___As a director, I attended the "invitation only" Opening Celebration of the new Ravenswood Family Health Center at 1885 Bay Road in EPA, held on Thursday, March 19, 2015. I was surprised at how deep into EPA it was located.
___At that event, I spoke with State Senator Jerry Hill, and Assemblymember Rich Gordon about legislation to facilitate a resolution of the healthcare district issue in San Mateo County. I also questioned Luisa, concerning the methodology used by the Center to determine district residency of it’s patients.
___At the public board meeting of the district, I asked Luisa if they assumed that the 94025 zip code for Menlo Park was assumed to be within the SHD boundaries. She admitted that they did, and acted surprised that East Menlo Park, which was originally unincorporated county area not in the SHD, did not fall under the jurisdiction of SHD when it was annexed to Menlo Park. It was noted in her presentation that “…our staff will be able to work with an auditor from SHCD to conduct an audit on our data for the SHCD residents we serve…” After an amendment by Director Shefren to reduce the funding term from three to two years, the motion passed with a 3 to 1 vote(Director Kane was not present). No auditor was appointed to follow up with Ravenswood on the district residency issue.

___On a separate note, Samaritan House, which was also seeking funding, was questioned on the same issue of residency. Their presentation included the following: “Approximately 92% of our target population lives in the Sequoia Healthcare District. 58% lives in Redwood City; most others come from East Menlo Park. No action was taken on their request as Director Shefren recused himself citing a conflict of interest, and, after I was denied a motion to suspend a board policy which allows only two members of our five member board to pass a motion, I denied the board a quorum by vacating my seat at the table.

On the day after the meeting, I sent the following to Luisa Buada:

Luisa, congratulations on your successes with RFHC. Regarding yesterday’s meeting, I can appreciate your confusion regarding the Menlo Park annexation which did not change the Healthcare District boundaries. I look forward to receiving updated information using precinct maps to establish district residency of your clients.

Luisa’s response:
Thank you Jack. We plan to follow up shortly to comply with the precinct analysis to make certain we are supplying the Board with the correct data.

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Posted by great support for great activities
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Thank you, SHD and all, for supporting something as worthy as Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House. There isn't enough support for good community healthcare providers.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

The issue is not the worthiness of Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House. The question is how much benefit are district residents getting for the $750,000 grant district taxpayers have made? If the District thought it was23? when they made the grant, shouldn't they reduce the grant if that number was considerably less?

In her presentation, Luisa Buada claimed that 23% of patients who had accessed their health care services in 2014 were residents of the Sequoia Healthcare District. She admits that an error was made in assuming that East Menlo Park became part of SHD when Menlo Park annexed that unincorporated area. That 23% will likely come down below 10% when precinct data is applied. The 3,122 patients that 23% represents will come down below 1,360. Perhaps "great support for great activities" is one of those 1,360 who live in the district.


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Posted by great support for great activities
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

"The issue is not the worthiness of Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House."

uhhh, okay.

Guess you and I look at it different ways - one wonders why on earth you are on a board and not interested in "the worthiness of Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House."

Wait.... you're not one of those selfish Libertarians who just wants to cut his own taxes and not support the community, are you?

"The issue is not the worthiness of Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House" - that's an amazing attitude in these tough times for so many. Up here, I see so many in need, and I salute those that make a difference.

I hope they realize they have the gratitude of many in the community, and learn to ignore the few loud nay-sayers.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

"...one wonders why on earth you are on a board and not interested in "the worthiness of Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House."

One should wonder why the Sequoia Hospital District, which no longer owns a hospital, still exists. Susan Ehrlich commented that San Mateo Medical Center and their Fair Oaks Clinic are doing the same things that the district is doing. Property taxes should go directly to the county and other agencies within the district. Why do we spend more than $230,000 per year on a CEO to write checks?

And, the other board members "...realize they have the gratitude of many in the community..." That's how they get re-elected.




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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 10, 2015 at 10:49 am

Am I being unreasonable?

From: JackHick@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2015 12:33 PM
To: Lee Michelson ; Art Faro
Subject: Zip Codes Within Sequoia Healthcare District

Gentlemen, this map on our website provides misleading information. A considerable portion of 94025 is not in the District. Note that the map includes “Parts of Foster City and San Mateo”. It should also state “Parts of Menlo Park”.
This has mislead Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House to claim service to a far greater number of district residents than the actuals.

Web Link

See also: Web Link

Jack Hickey, Elected Director

From: lmichelson@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 8:15 AM

To: JackHick@comcast.net

Cc: 'Arthur J. Faro'

Subject: service area



If you bother to look at District at a Glance on our website it says portions of Menlo Park, Foster City and San Mateo..


From: JackHick@comcast.net [mailto:JackHick@comcast.net]
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 10:08 AM
To: lmichelson@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com
Cc: 'Arthur J. Faro'
Subject: Re: service area



Fix the map.



From: lmichelson@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 10:10 AM
To: JackHick@comcast.net
Subject: RE: service area

The map is fine as is



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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:03 am

Look at the map. If you were an administrator of Ravenswood, Samaritan House or North FairOaks Clinic, wouldn't you conveniently conclude that patients with a 94025 Zip would be in the Sequoia Healthcare District?

Web Link

The Healthcare Districts must be expanded countywide, or dissolved. They are in a state of transition as determined by the Local Agency Formation Comission(LAFCo). The Legislature must enable voters to make this decision.


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Posted by Emerald City
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 11, 2015 at 9:07 am

re: Ravenswood Family Health Center in EPA gets 2 year funding from Sequoia Healthcare District

I love the Almanac just for feel good stories like this!

Great job in supporting our peninsula community!


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