VENTURA, CA, January 29, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) board of directors is proud to announce a new chairman of the board and four new members. Founded in 1956, the role of the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation is to provide service to low-income and underserved families throughout Ventura County. The Foundation's mission is to enhance the availability and quality of health care services in Ventura County.---
VCMRF's board of directors today announced Jesus Torres, 34, director of external affairs for Verizon, as VCMRF's new board chairman, and the addition of the following new members to its board of directors:
• Judy Diaz - managing member, Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC
• Brandon Katz - financial advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
• Bobbie McCaffrey - vice president, Patient Care Services & System, chief nursing officer, Community Memorial Health System
• Kim Wilson - vice president, Chief Operating Officer, Dignity Health/St John's Hospitals
Torres succeeds Jane Rozanski, CEO of the Camarillo Health Care District and recent governor appointee to the California Commission on Aging, as board chair.
"VCMRF is honored to have these committed leaders joining our board and leading the effort to support and empower the delivery of accessible and quality health care services to Ventura County's vulnerable and underserved community," said VCMRF president and CEO Vicki Chandler. "Jesus Torres understands the healthcare challenges we face and brings to the chairmanship a passion for technology innovation and public service, both of which will strengthen VCMRF's impact in attaining its mission. In addition, our new board members bring a deep and wide-ranging healthcare experience to the VCMRF board."
"As a member of the VCMRF board, I've seen the impressive work that's been done by the organization and its members," said Jesus Torres, incoming board chair. "I look forward to building upon the organization's successes as we continue to collaborate with our healthcare partners and communities to enhance the delivery of healthcare services in Ventura County."
Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation continues to support the medical needs of Ventura County's diverse community in many ways. VCMRF helps alleviate suffering and give access to quality healthcare. The impact is profound, life-changing and, quite often, life-saving. Some of the vital programs and services include: providing dental and vision care to low-income children unable to obtain treatment for conditions that interfere with their development; purchasing life-saving equipment to benefit critically and chronically ill patients, including children in the pediatric intensive care unit and neo-natal intensive care unit; supporting the Mobile Mammography Unit to reduce barriers that prevent women from having regular mammograms, especially those who have limited access to medical services; and providing support services and retreats for low-income individuals undergoing cancer treatment.
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