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News Release

June 20, 2022

Contact: Dan Kramer - Phone: 949.415.8721 - Email: publicrelations@borregohealth.org

Borrego Health Announces Dr. Kenneth Soda as Chief Medical Officer

BORREGO SPRINGS, CA (June 20, 2022) – Borrego Community Health Foundation (Borrego Health) announced today that Kenneth Soda, M.D., MHA (EHML) has been named Chief Medical Officer for the organization, effective June 27, 2022.

 

Dr. Soda brings over 20 years of clinical and executive expertise to Borrego Health, having served in a Chief Medical Officer capacity with both Dignity Health-Pacific Central Coast Health Centers Medical Group (Santa Maria, CA) and Physician Health Partners, LLC’s Colorado Community Health Alliance

Colorado Medicaid Accountable Care Collaborative (Denver, CO). He also recently served in physician executive roles with Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System (San Jose, CA).

 

“Borrego Health patients and team members will benefit from Dr. Soda’s strong clinical background and significant experience in both executive and administrative roles,” said Edgar Bulloch, M.D., CEO of Borrego Health. “Specifically, Dr. Soda’s experience with Medi-Cal Whole Person Care and Health First Colorado [Colorado Medicaid] will add value to our mission of supporting Medi-Cal patients and other underserved groups.”

 

After beginning his career as a family medicine physician near Denver, CO, Dr. Soda moved into clinical faculty and program director roles with Centura Health System’s St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency Program (Westminster, CO.)

 

“I’m looking forward to being part of Borrego Health’s efforts to provide a medical home and safety net to patients and communities with few or no other options for care,” shared Dr. Soda. “I was attracted to Borrego Health due to the opportunity to support mission-driven clinicians in bringing compassionate, high-quality care to the people who need it the most. I’m grateful to be joining this team.”

 

Dr. Soda earned his Executive Master’s Degree in Healthcare Leadership at Brown University and his Medical Degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. After earning his Medical Degree, Dr. Soda completed his graduate medical training with the Family Medicine Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and went on to an Obstetrics Fellowship at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

 

Earlier, his educational journey began with his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College, then progressed with his Master of Science in Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Postgraduate Studies in Biology at Hunter College. Dr. Soda also enhanced his education with Business Management courses from institutions such as University of California, Irvine and Rice University.

 

About Borrego Health

Borrego Health provides high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate primary health care to the people in our communities, regardless of their ability to pay. We serve these communities and adjoining regions with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity as a medical home and safety net for essential health care and social services. Borrego Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a Federal Tort Claims Act Deemed (FTCA) facility.

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News Release

May 25, 2022

Contact: Dan Kramer - Phone: 949.415.8721 - Email: publicrelations@borregohealth.org

Borrego Health Takes Action to Protect Long-term Access to Local Care

Strategic Initiatives Focus on Protecting Patient Care & Financial Stability

BORREGO SPRINGS, CA (May 25, 2022) – Borrego Community Health Foundation (Borrego Health) announced today that it is implementing a series of strategic initiatives to ensure individuals in Riverside and San Diego counties continue to have access to a medical home and safety net for essential health care and social services.

 

“Without question, the past 18 months have been significantly challenging for Borrego Health. As we work to navigate our financial and legal issues, we are driven forward by our mission to provide primary care to the underserved,” said Edgar Bulloch, M.D., CEO of Borrego Health. “Indeed, our patients in Riverside and San Diego counties need Borrego Health. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to overcome our challenges, even though it means making difficult decisions regarding the size of our workforce and our operational structure.”

 

To align with industry benchmark data and best practices from other regional Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), these initiatives include changes to Borrego’s administrative and clinical teams. It is important to note that the goal of these changes is to ensure Borrego Health’s continued ability to meet the needs of all patients at current clinic locations. These initiatives do not involve changes to clinic hours or currently scheduled appointments, nor do they involve physicians or Advanced Practice Providers engaged in direct patient care. As these changes take effect over the next 60 days, Borrego Health will be working to ensure patients continue to have access to the care they need.  

 

Operational Changes

  • In order to increase operational efficiency and direct more resources to patient care, Borrego Health is adjusting its administrative operations and reducing the size of its administrative team based on a review of all Borrego Health administrative departments.

  • Borrego Health will increase its focus on the patient experience by shifting from a centralized call center to clinic-level customer support. The organization will close its Consolidated Call Center and allocate calls directly to the appropriate clinic for service. The clinic-level support staff will be adjusted to accommodate the increase in clinic call volume.

  • Based on current patient volumes and provided services, Borrego’s clinic staffing will be reduced to increase care team effectiveness and improve patient care.

  • Centralized leadership and standardized processes will also be created for patient referrals, care coordinators, facilities management and medical records, as well as an increased focus and staffing in Compliance and Quality.

 

“We are focused on delivering an excellent patient experience and creating long-term stability within Borrego Health,” said Sandra Hansberger, chair of the Borrego Health Board of Trustees. “This organization exists to serve our patients and these initiatives are focused on furthering that purpose.”

 

In compliance with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, Borrego Health team members directly affected by this reduction are receiving 60-days’ notice. There are 218 Borrego Health employees directly affected by the reductions, which will take effect on July 24, 2022. The reductions are expected to be permanent.

 

Borrego Health recognizes that there is a great deal of stress that comes with this kind of change, and is committed to making these transitions with respect and compassion. Borrego Health is grateful for the contributions of these team members, recognizes their contribution to the health and wellness of the communities they served and will provide transition support following the organization’s current Human Resources policies.

 

For more information about your care please visit www.borregohealth.org.

 

About Borrego Health

Borrego Health provides high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate primary health care to the people in our communities, regardless of their ability to pay. We serve these communities and adjoining regions with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity as a medical home and safety net for essential health care and social services. Borrego Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a Federal Tort Claims Act Deemed (FTCA) facility.

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Media/Public Official Advisory

December 3, 2021

Contact: Dan Kramer - Phone: 949.415.8721 - Email: publicrelations@borregohealth.org

Borrego Health advises patients regarding two clinic closures, and provides advance notice to employees affected by layoffs under the Federal and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Acts.

 

As previously reported, Borrego Health made a request for Court assistance to recover over-market rent payments made to its landlords since 2016 for its Barstow and San Bernardino clinic facilities. The landlords recently terminated the leases for these two facilities. Borrego Health is now taking the following actions:

  • Borrego Health is closing its physical location and implementing a layoff located at Barstow Community Health Center, 750 E. Main Street, Barstow, CA. 92311, effective February 1, 2022, and assisting patients with the transfer of their care to another facility.

  • Borrego Health is closing its physical location and implementing a layoff located at D Street Medical Center, 590 N. D Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401, effective February 1, 2022, and assisting patients with the transfer of their care to another facility.

Affected patients will receive a letter from both Borrego Health and their enrolled health plan alerting them to a primary care physician change and may elect to continue services with Borrego Health at another clinical site, or transfer their care to another FQHC. Additional instructions and contact information will be included in that correspondence.

 

Borrego Health is also taking steps to add efficiencies to existing operations. Effective February 1, 2022. Borrego Health will be taking the following actions:

  • Outsourcing and implementing a layoff of its Billing Department located at 587 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. Borrego Health has contracted with Greenway Health to process billing on behalf of the organization.

  • Closing and relocating the physical location of the Desert Oasis Women's Clinic. Employees at the newly relocated facility will retain their positions.

 

Borrego Health has provided employees in the locations and departments described above with 60-days’ notice as required under the WARN Act. There are 113 Borrego Health employees directly affected by the layoffs. All employees involved in the layoff will be laid off on February 1, 2022. Borrego Health anticipates that the planned layoffs will be permanent.

 

We sincerely value all of the contributions made by the impacted employees and providers, especially during the last two years of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Employees affected by Clinic closings will have the opportunity to apply for transfer for other internal positions within Borrego Health. Employees may seek job opportunities and patients may be able to utilize FQHC SAC Health System, a FQHC that will be opening a medical clinic in Barstow in January 2022 close to Borrego Health’s current facility located at 801 E. Mountain View Street, Barstow, CA 92311.

 

Borrego Health knows patients, staff, and community members will have questions during the transition. Borrego Health will continue to provide updates to affected individuals as the process moves forward.

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Media/Public Official Advisory

June 15, 2021

Contact: Dan Kramer - Phone: 949.415.8721 - Email: publicrelations@borregohealth.org

Borrego Health Announces Reorganization, New Executive Team:

Internal Changes Enable Highest Quality Patient Care

BORREGO SPRINGS, CA —The Board and leadership of Borrego Health today announced an organization-wide realignment and a new leadership team to enhance the health system’s quality of practice and service.

“Our goal is to continue to move forward with a leaner, more transparent, and quality driven organization focused on our core patient care services,” said Dr. Edgar M Bulloch, Borrego’s interim CEO. “The changes we’re announcing today are part of our ongoing commitment to our patients, communities and our valued employees to operate and lead Borrego in a fiscally responsible manner.”

 

“With these changes will come more streamlined operations at the clinical level for better, more efficient delivery of quality healthcare. Our new leaner leadership structure will empower our leaders with the ability to make changes needed at the clinical level to ensure that every clinic in our organization runs as efficiently and safely as possible with an emphasis on value-based care,” said Bulloch.

 

Among the more notable changes is a new leadership team, comprised of Corina Velasquez, as Chief Operating Officer; Sergio Bautista as interim Chief Financial Officer; Victor Madero, Chief Health Plan Officer; and interim Chief Clinical Officer Jorge Cervantes MD.  Dr. Edgar Bulloch will continue as interim CEO.

 

Additional changes announced today to ensure long term sustainability of our clinical services are the:

  • Elimination or realignment of other top leadership positions, and a significant number of administrative positions not directly related to patient care.

  • Closure of our assisted living facility as of June 30, 2021, and the transfer of operational management of the childcare center and Frugal Coyote to other organizations this summer.

 

“With the funds awarded from the American Rescue Plan, we intend to stabilize our workforce at the clinical level. We are actively recruiting and hiring for all our front-line staff including medical assistants, registered nurses, LVNs, customer service representatives, call center operators and clinical providers.

As we prepare our organization for the implementation of Cal-AIM (California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal), our new team will focus on our relationships with health plans so that we can collectively improve quality outcomes and reduce health disparities, “continued Dr. Bulloch.

 

“We’re undergoing a major transformation, some of which may be difficult at first, and people will be displaced, but in the end these changes help us play to our strengths and make us a better organization for our employees, our patients and our community.  It’s my honor to serve with this new leadership team—all of whom are ready to support me in moving forward—and with our employees, who continually step up to provide the care our patients count on and deserve,” said Bulloch.