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Dennis W. Chiu Candidate for El Camino Hospital District Board

Chiu is one of three candidates running on a reform platform that emphasizes transparency after the purchase of the Los Gatos hospital, a critical grand jury report in 2011, and a LAFCo service review and audit that raised concerns.

General Information

Name : Mr. Dennis W. Chiu
Age : 41
Place of residence : Sunnyvale

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : UCLA
Degree : Bachelor of Arts
Year of graduation : 1993

Grad school

Ph D.

University : Santa Clara University School of Law
Area of research : Law (Juris Doctor)
Year of graduation : 1996

Employment Information

Job titles held : Vice President & General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Owner, Attorney
Employers : AACI, UIS Technology Partners, Saeta Holdings, LLC, Prodigy Law, Bay Venture Counsel, Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: El Camino Hospital District
Chamber/district: El Camino Hospital District
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None

Party HQ

Address 830 Stewart Drive, Ste 122
Sunnyvale
CA
94085

Campaign Manager

Name : James Gonzales
Title : Campaign Manager

URLs

Website : www.dennischiu.org
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/DennisChiuForElCaminoHospital

Other facts

1) What prompted you to run for a seat on the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors? I decided to run for the El Camino Hospital District Board, because I wanted to make a great hospital even better. The Civil Grand Jury made the legal finding that the Board was not accountable to the taxpayers. LAFCo ordered the Hospital to be more accountable and transparent. I would like to add my legal and non-profit healthcare experience to the Board to accomplish these tasks and to chart a more charitable path.

2) What attributes make you qualified to be an El Camino Hospital District board member? As former Vice President & General Counsel of a healthcare nonprofit, a former malpractice litigator, and a current corporate transactional attorney, I am the most qualified candidate to help the Board avoid future legal troubles and stick to its nonprofit community mission. As a former Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of a hi-tech company and start-up cosmetics company, I am uniquely qualified to provide oversight of the business of the hospital.

3) What are the greatest challenges facing the hospital and district today? The greatest challenge facing the Hospital is adapting to the changing healthcare environment under the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare). No matter if you believe that healthcare costs will go up, or the Hospital will do better because more individuals will be insured and have their healthcare bills paid by their insurance companies, change is coming. The manner in which the El Camino Hospital proactively responds to this changing reality will define it for future generations.

4) How would you address these challenges? The key to responding to the new healthcare environment is providing more preventative care in the community by the Hospital itself and by supporting nonprofits within the District. Expanding preventative healthcare in the community is both an act of goodwill, and a practical way to build relationships with newly insured prospective patients under the new healthcare law.

5) List three goals you would like to accomplish if elected. My top three goals are to: - Maintain excellent patient care, while increasing preventative care to the community; - Increase hospital funding to district healthcare nonprofits; and - Ensure accountability to District taxpayers by resolving conflicts of interest between taxpayers and the hospital corporation. Each goal is necessary to build a better and more community-oriented hospital that is ready for the new healthcare environment.

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