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New Dignity Health Woodland Healthcare Community Board Members Elected

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Woodland - Dignity Health Woodland Healthcare (WHC) announced today that Yolo County Assessor Jesse Salinas and CommuniCare Health Centers CEO Melissa Marshal, MDl have joined its Community Board. Board members bring valuable input from the community into the operation of all local facilities.

Salinas’ experiences range from government to the nonprofit sector. Early in his career at California’s state capitol, Salinas provided in-depth and comprehensive analysis on key issues shaping the state’s education policy discussion and also helped to balance California’s education budget. Salinas spent the next eight years working in the nonprofit sector, where he served three years as an executive director of a statewide organization. However, his strong passion for public policy and public service drew him back to government. For the past five years, Salinas has also served on the City of Woodland’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the past three as chair. He is currently the Yolo County Assessor, Clerk-Recorder and Chief Election Official.

Dr. Marshall is the CEO of CommuniCare Health Centers and is board-certified in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include care of vulnerable populations, population health strategies, primary care redesign, integrated behavioral health, medical management, maternal and child health. In addition to her service on the WHC Community Board, Dr. Marshall also serves as a board and committee member of the Western Clinician's Network and is a member of Partnership HealthPlan of California.

“The Community Board plays a vital role in providing necessary input and feedback on what is needed to support and improve the health and well-being of Yolo County," said Kevin Vaziri, president of Woodland Memorial Hospital. “We are always encouraged by community members that partner with us on this important effort and are very excited to have two talented individuals, like Mr. Salinas and Dr. Marshall, as part of the team.”

The WHC Community Board has 13 voting members including Vaziri and five full-time practicing physicians from the Woodland Clinic multi-specialty group practice. Each member is fully engaged in the support and dissemination of the mission, values and vision of Dignity Health and Woodland Memorial Hospital. Salinas and Marshall joined the hospital community board on July 1, 2019.

For more information about the Dignity Health Woodland Healthcare Community Board or for a full list of board members please visit our Community Healthcare Community Board page.

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a multi-state network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care-centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY 2019, Dignity Health provided more than $1.1 billion in patient financial assistance, unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health improvement services, and other community benefits. For more information, please visit our website at

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Friday, November 08, 2019

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