Sutter Health Elects Community Leader as Board Chair and Names Two New Board Members
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 22, 2007 – Sutter Health, a family of physicians, not-for-profit hospitals, and other health care services throughout Northern California, announced today the election of prominent business and community leader Jim Gray as chair of Sutter Health's Board of Directors. Alexander Gonzalez, Ph.D., president of California State University, Sacramento, and Todd Murray, longstanding Sacramento attorney and health care advocate, also have been named as members of the health network's board.
"With the help of Sutter's other volunteer board members and its leadership team, who are so deeply vested in the community, we will continue the organization's commitment to raising care standards ever higher," said Gray. "Sutter has a bold vision for responding to consumer need for improved convenience, service and affordability in health care, and its expanded services like Sutter Express Care medical clinics serve as just one example of how Sutter Health is leading health care transformation."
Gray is the president and managing broker of NAI Sacramento Valley Commercial and resides in Davis. He has been a broker and developer for more than 25 years in Northern California and is active within the real estate, building, banking and health care industries. Gray has history as a volunteer board member with the Sutter Health family and currently serves as a member of the Sutter Davis Hospital Advisory Board and the Sutter Health Public Policy Council.
Gray is also a former chair of the Yolo County Planning Commission, co-founder and chair of Davis Community Housing-CHOC and a former board member and treasurer of the Davis Food Co-op. He holds a degree in housing and community development from the University of California, Davis and is a certified commercial investment member of the Commercial and Investment Real Estate Institution of the National Association of Realtors.
"Jim's leadership experience and passion for improving services for the community will be instrumental in helping guide our transformational commitments to make certain that every patient care experience is the best it can be every time," said Sutter Health President and CEO Patrick Fry.
Alexander Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Named as a new board member is Dr. Gonzalez, president of California State University, Sacramento, and resident of Sacramento. He is well known and respected for his vision to transform the university into a leading campus of choice in the western United States as well as for his passion and involvement in a vast array of Latino issues.
Before coming to Sacramento, Dr. Gonzalez was president of California State University, San Marcos and spent 18 years at California State University, Fresno in the roles of professor, department chair and administrator. He previously served on President Bush's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and spent six years as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the agency that accredits higher education institutions in the western United States. Dr. Gonzalez also served as the chair of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, a leading voice for the higher education needs of the country’s Hispanic population. He is currently a member of the boards of trustees at Pomona College, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and Valley Vision.
Dr. Gonzalez holds a bachelor's degree in history from Pomona College and a doctorate and master's degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He spent a year at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow of the Ford Foundation and the National Research Council and also attended Harvard Law School.
Also newly-elected to the board is Sacramento resident Todd Murray, attorney and owner of the Law Office of Todd A. Murray. He specializes in business and business litigation and has been practicing law for about 30 years in Northern California. He opened his private practice in 2000. Murray is judge pro tem in Sacramento Small Claims, Municipal and Superior Courts, and he serves the Sacramento County Civil Service Commission as an administrative fair hearing officer.
An involved community member, Murray has been a part of the Sutter Health family for nearly 25 years. Currently, he serves as chair of the Medical Affairs Committee for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and as a member of various other committees. He is a past chair of the boards of directors of then Sutter Community Hospitals as well as Sutter Health's Central Valley Region. Mr. Murray also was a charter member of the Sutter Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and served as its chair. He has participated in a number of other community organizations, including serving as a board member and chairman of the Ronald McDonald Camp at Eagle Lake, and as a president of the board of the Sacramento Area Special Olympics. He is a dedicated member of the Point West Rotary Club since 1985.
Murray received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. He also graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School
Sutter Health Local Governance Structure
The Sutter Health Board of Directors oversees the not-for-profit organization, which supports the delivery of health care in more than 100 Northern California communities. It is comprised of community leaders from throughout the region. In addition, local or regional boards — whose members include unpaid volunteers representing the communities served — govern each of Sutter's hospitals and medical foundations.