Trustee Dennis Chiu, El Camino Healthcare District, named Trustee of the Year

(May 24, 2016)  The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) is pleased to announce Dennis Chiu, Esq., Trustee of the El Camino Healthcare District, as the recipient of the Healthcare District Trustee of the Year award.  The award was presented at ACHD’s Annual Meeting on May 5th, 2016, in Monterey, CA.

“I am humbled and grateful,” said Mr. Chiu. “I share this award with my fellow District Directors at El Camino, and recognize the hard work of other trustees and directors serving California’s other 78 healthcare districts.”

Mr. Chiu has served on the El Camino Healthcare District Board for over three years.  Since being elected, Mr. Chiu has:

  • Increased Board awareness of future financial difficulties under the Affordable Care Act;
  • Strategically planned for diversification of hospital revenue;
  • Strengthened collaboration with Sutter Health;
  • Helped influence construction of the new Behavioral Health building, and
  • Increased community benefit spending through building consensus on the Board of Directors.

Mr. Chiu has shown leadership qualities in strategy and collaboration. His foresight into creating solutions will maintain and increase the services provided to residents of El Camino Healthcare District.  Additionally, Mr. Chiu’s ability to create and form partnerships with other medical providers ensures that access to healthcare is at the forefront of each decision made by the District Board.

Mr. Chiu earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law and Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 78 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs. Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas. Healthcare Districts provide access to essential health services and are directly accountable at the community level. As a result, tens of millions of Californians have been able to access care that would otherwise be out of reach.


Association of California Healthcare Districts

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s Healthcare Districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. Learn more at

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