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Congratulations to SAMCEDA Chair, Sherri Sager

Sherri Sager, Chief Government & Community Relations Officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Chair, SAMCEDA Board of Directors, for being honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2015 Woman of Influence.

For the past twenty-one years, Sager has represented the hospital to government agencies and community groups, as well as advocating for children and expectant mothers through work on policy issues. She is personally invested in community affairs, serving as board chair for the San Mateo County Economic Development Association; board liaison for East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood Family Health Center; task force member for the California Hospital Association; along with involvement in many other health and community advocacy organizations. 
Congratulations to SAMCEDA Board Member, Bill Graham 

SAN FRANCISCO (April 8, 2015) – Dignity Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Graham as President of Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, located in Redwood City, effective immediately. Graham has been Vice President of Physician and Business Development for Sequoia Hospital since 2001 and Chief Strategy Officer for the Bay Area Service Area since 2011. He is a dynamic and well respected leader who has played a key role in building Sequoia Hospital’s presence as a regional care center and, at the same time, led the development of growth, brand, and marketing strategies for the Bay Area Service Area. 
Graham’s contributions at Sequoia span the entire breadth of the hospital’s services, from securing dedicated funding and infrastructure for the Heart and Vascular Institute, to leading the development of a cardiovascular co-management program aligning three distinct physician groups, to helping secure $35 million in funding to renovate and expand the Birth Center, to co-leading the effort to secure $15 million in funding to reopen a closed perioperative suite.
As VP of physician development, he has expanded the Dignity Health Medical Foundation to include Sequoia, catalyzed the creation of the Sequoia Physicians Network (IPA) aligning more than 200 affiliated physicians and, with physician leaders, co-led development of a clinically integrated physician network supporting an innovative managed care strategy.
Graham is known for his excellent grasp of the Bay Area healthcare market, his ability to engage and collaborate with physicians around Sequoia’s business strategy and his open and accessible leadership style. He replaces Glenna Vaskelis, who served as president of Sequoia Hospital for 19 years and retired at the end of March.
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to lead Sequoia in this time of possibility and growth for the hospital,” Graham said. “Our new Pavilion is offering state-of-the-art care, we’ve increased our capacity and capabilities as a surgical referral center, and we have a new affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic for cardiovascular care. We’re intent on increasing our strength, reputation, and presence as a regional care center. Above all, I know the excellence, dedication and compassion of Sequoia’s physicians, nurses, staff, and volunteers; it will be a great privilege to continue to work with them in this new role.”
About Sequoia Hospital
Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition as one of America’s top 100 hospitals, as well as for superior patient safety and cardiac care from Healthgrades. The hospital has been voted “A Family Favorite Best Birth Center and Best Hospital” by readers of Bay Area Parent magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, Sequoia received the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Silver Award for stroke care. Sequoia Hospital’s new Pavilion opened to patients in October 2014. With the addition of the new Pavilion, Sequoia is one of the most advanced health care facilities in the Bay Area. To learn more, please visit our website:

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