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Palomar Health Foundation selects new officers for Board of Directors

Palomar Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides philanthropic support to Palomar Health, has chosen a new slate of officers for its Board of Directors for the 2021 fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2020. 

Elected to officer positions are: Kirk Effinger of Murrieta, chairman; Dr. Osman Khawar of Carlsbad, vice chairman; and Dr. Jaime Rivas of Escondido, secretary. Harvey Hershkowitz of Rancho Bernardo, the former chairman of the Board of Directors, will serve as Immediate Past Chair.  

Directors represent a wide variety of backgrounds, industries and communities in North County and play a critical role in raising funds for Palomar Health’s most pressing needs. The board regularly evaluates its composition to ensure its volunteer directors have the right skills and experience to further the work of the foundation. 

Other directors currently serving on the board are: Diana Brady, Rancho Bernardo; Nelly Bulkin, Rancho Bernardo; Esther Calac-Heller, Valley Center; Jon C. Frandell, Fallbrook; Tina Inscoe, Escondido; Charles “Andy” Mathews, Pauma Valley; Tom Oeschger, Bonsall; Darrell Pilant, Pauma Valley; Tishmall Turner, Encinitas; David Wilson, Escondido; and Kim Young, San Marcos. 

Effinger, the board’s new chairman, said, “I could not be prouder of the board of directors we have assembled and that I have the pleasure to work with. The diversity of experiences and viewpoints and the collaborative energy they bring to the organization is unmatched by that of any other I have had the opportunity to serve. I am humbled to be in the presence of so many accomplished and intelligent individuals and look forward to our working together to make Palomar Health Foundation a lodestar by which other similar organizations are judged.” 

Wayne Herron, Palomar Health Foundation’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Philanthropy Officer, welcomed the new officers and said, “The board was able to meet a number of challenges in the last two years under the leadership of Harvey Hershkowitz, while creating a strategy for growth and continued improvement in our philanthropic mission,” he said. “I can’t wait to work with Kirk and the other directors to grow this board and increase our engagement with the community.” 

The Foundation’s priorities for the year ahead include fundraising for several Palomar Health projects, including: the Physicians’ and Conference Center of the Future, which will provide resting space for on-call physicians and meeting space at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, and a Crisis Stabilization Unit that will help address the county’s behavioral health crisis and reduce emergency room volume.

In the previous fiscal year, Palomar Health Foundation provided more than $3 million in direct support to Palomar Health to help fund emergency COVID-19 supplies, improvements to Palomar Medical Center Poway and the purchase of five echocardiogram ultrasound systems, among numerous other programs and equipment.

The foundation received the 2020 Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency for its commitment to transparency and for voluntarily providing data on finance, governance and how it makes use of donor gifts.

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