Mountain View, Calif. – Board members voted to elect George O. Ting, M.D., as board chair, Carole A. Somersille, M.D., FACOG, as vice chair, John L. Zoglin as secretary/treasurer. Each assumes office June 30 and will serve a two-year term, ending June 29, 2025.
"I'm humbled by my fellow board members' support,"" said Dr. Ting. "The district board will continue to reach out through our extensive community benefit programs. One lesson from the pandemic is that disparities in managing chronic disease, such as diabetes, obesity, mental health and addiction, and basic access to healthcare, all have profound effects in the health of our community. We will spend our hard-earned resources carefully and thoughtfully to achieve the maximum benefit for our community."
Dr. Ting was first elected to the district board in 2018 and re-elected in 2022. He has been an outspoken advocate for partnering with physicians. Prior to his election, Dr. Ting served in leadership roles at El Camino Health, including as chief of medicine, chief of staff and medical director of quality assurance. He is a clinical professor emeritus at Stanford's School of Medicine, where he taught for 30 years.
Dr. Ting earned his bachelor's degree at Columbia University, his medical degree from the University of Southern California, and completed his residency at Rush University/Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and a fellowship in nephrology at Stanford.
Dr. Somersille was elected to the board in 2020 and has served as its secretary/treasurer for the past two years. She is a full-time practicing obstetrician/gynecologist who has managed an independent medical practice in the community since the 1990s. She has also spent time in a community clinic caring for underserved residents.
Dr. Somersille is a graduate of Harvard College, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology internship and residency. She is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Mr. Zoglin leads performance analytics for the Medicare acquisition marketing team at Blue Shield of California. He was first appointed to the district board in 2007, reappointed in 2008, and was publicly elected to full terms in 2012, 2016 and 2020.
Mr. Zoglin follows his father in service to El Camino Health: Dr. Stanton Zoglin served as the hospital's chief of staff in the early 1960s. Mr. Zoglin earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and a master of business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
The El Camino Hospital District was established by voter approval in 1956 in accordance with California Local Hospital District Law. The purpose of the district is to establish, maintain and operate or provide assistance in the operation of health facilities and other health care services, provider groups and organizations that are necessary for the maintenance of good physical and mental health in the communities served by the district. The district, now known as El Camino Healthcare District, encompasses most of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, a large portion of Sunnyvale, and small sections of Cupertino, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto. The publicly elected El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors approves tax dollar expenditures, including expenditures for the award-winning Community Benefit program. Community Benefit funds are granted each year to local nonprofits, schools and government programs that provide critical health services to the underserved. All district board meetings are publicly noticed, open to the public, and available for viewing on the district website.