Minutes from January 27, 2015 Open Board Meeting- Loma Linda Health-San Bernardino

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District

114 S. Del Rosa Drive

San Bernardino, CA   92408


Present: Don Averill,Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Ann Bryan, Matthew Buck, Ken Coate, Allison Ellingson, Ron Fremont, Dick Hart, Scott Hofferber, Matthew Isaac, Jay Jimenez, Erik Johnson, Ralph Kuncl, Bill Lemann, Temetry Lindsey, Dale Marsden, Sue McKee, Tom Nightingale, Susan Rice, Frank Schnetz, Paul Shimoff, Phil Waller, Hassan Webb, Janet Weder and Ray Wolfe. 


Guests:  Ed Lasak, Jim Morris, Doug & Cynthia Padgett, Alicia Smith and Todd Warden.


Announcements:  1) An Open House for the I-10 Tippecanoe Ave. Interchange Improvement Project II will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 5p.m.-7p.m. at the City of Loma Linda Community Room located at 25541 Barton Rd., Loma Linda.  2) A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the I-10 Cherry Ave. Interchange Project will be held on Friday January 30, 2015 at 10a.m. at the southwest corner of Slover Ave. & Cherry Ave. in Fontana.  3) An educational presentation, Dollars and Democracy: California’s Budget Process and the 2015-2016 Budget Proposal will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the County of San Bernardino Government Center.  For more information and to register please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ca–san-bernardino/free–events/4) A conference for the Future of Cities in Inland Southern California: A Quest for Sustainability will be held on February 26, 2015 from 8a.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center.  For more information please contact Jennifer Ward (951) 955-0186. 5) San Bernardino Mayor Davis has requested a representative from Inland Action participate on their strategic planning committee.  Dr. Al Karnig will serve on the committee. 6) If you plan to participate in the Washington, D.C. advocacy trip please complete and return your reservation form as soon as possible.


M/S/P:  Minutes from January 20, 2015.


Dr. Jay Jimenez introduced Dr. Richard Hart, President, Loma Linda University and Dr. Dale Marsden, Superintendent, San Bernardino City Unified School District.


Loma Linda University Health has a long and impressive history in the medical field and helping those in need.  They continue and expand that mission today with programs like the Social Action Community Health System (SACHS) that was founded in the 1960’s by health care students at Loma Linda.  Today the SACHS provides comprehensive and low-cost health care, and services for the whole family, including food distribution, tutoring/mentoring and community workshops.  They currently have three community clinics at Norton, Arrowhead and Frazee that serve 35,000 of our residents yearly.  Their newest venture, Loma Linda Health-San Bernardino, is a partnership that combines health and wellness with education.         


Understanding that more must be done to cut down on college remedial course work as well as a need to address an increasing skills gap, San Bernardino City Unified School district has been strongly advocating and creating career paths for their students.  The educational element is vital for San Bernardino to build a thriving community.  It is also a county-wide community action plan which calls for a “cradle to career” approach to bolster academic and personal achievement.  Research indicates that students who participate in career pathways programs have higher graduation rates and proceed to college at higher percentages.  Additionally they feel more engaged and better prepared to tackle real world challenges.  The true goal is to introduce students to the concepts and ideas for future success, not about locking them into career choices.  Currently San Bernardino City Unified has some 17 different pathways from elementary school thru high school but have not until now addressed a healthcare pathway.


A unique partnership has been created between San Bernardino City Unified School District, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda University Medical Center, the City of San Bernardino, and others to create a facility that will address both the lack of skilled workers and the lack of quality health in downtown San Bernardino. 


The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $10 million to Loma Linda University Hospital to assist in opening this new facility.  The facility will be called San Manuel Gateway College and will provide career education and health care for area residents as well as creating employment opportunities.  Expected to open in the spring of 2016, the college will use approximately 80% of the 150,000 sq. ft. complex for the medical clinic operated by SACHS and 20% will be used for training high school students (eligible in their junior/senior year).  The San Manuel Gateway College will offer a number of health career certificate programs such as medical & dental assisting, phlebotomy and medical insurance coding.  These 6-12 month certificate programs will provide entry job skills, employment and college credit for students who elect to further their education.  With over 20% of the families in San Bernardino living below the federal poverty line and high unemployment rates, students are surrounded by poverty and find it difficult to see opportunity and hope for a better future. 


This partnership program brings together faculty, resident physicians, university students and high school students giving all groups a social & economic awareness, interdependency, and engagement that have not been experienced before.  Additionally it addresses needs for the city and its residents by creating employment, additional accessible & affordable medical care, and providing students with potential career paths, hope, and more than a high school diploma.


A Q & A period followed.


Meeting adjourned at 8:30a.m.