FHCN’s Foster honored again
On Oct. 12, the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) presented Harry Foster, President and CEO of Family HealthCare Network with the CPCA Clinic Legacy Award during its 2012 Annual Conference held in Burlingame, California.
The award recognizes the achievement of individuals who have been instrumental in the success of CPCA but have also played an integral role in helping raise awareness of the importance of the health care safety net.
“As CEO of Family HealthCare Network, you have had a distinguished and well-respected career and have truly been a champion for programs that serve the poor and everyday Californian’s,” stated Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and Chief Executive Officer of CPCA.
Harry Foster was also recently honored by the National Association of Community Health Centers and received the prestigious Cornell Scott Excellence in Leadership Award on September 17, 2012.
Harry L. Foster has served in his current position as President and CEO of Family HealthCare Network for the last thirty years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master of Science Degree in Community Medicine with an emphasis on health care administration from the University of Utah, College of Medicine. He has been actively involved in local, state and national organizations associated with serving the underserved, including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Valley Health Network, Board Chairman of the California Primary Care Association and Board Chairman of the National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc., located in Austin, Texas.
Under his leadership, Family HealthCare Network has grown from a small outpatient health center in Porterville to a multi-site ambulatory care network serving more than 111,000 patients in Tulare and Kings Counties and provided just under 500,000 visits in the last year. It is one of the largest providers of care in the country to the farmworker population and stands as a national model demonstrating value and effectiveness in reducing health disparities and improving health status in communities in need. In addition, with a focus on quality, Family HealthCare Network has earned a reputation for excellence. Recently Family HealthCare Network received recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance as a Level-Three Patient Centered Medical Health Home-and was the first California health center network awarded incentive payments for achievement of “meaningful use” of Electronic Health records.
For more than 30 years, Harry Foster has advanced the development of community-based primary care systems to address the health needs of underserved and vulnerable populations. His leadership has been driven by a commitment to improve the quality of life in medically underserved communities.
Family HealthCare Network is a private, non-profit community-based organization established in 1976. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and has developed a comprehensive primary health care delivery system with sites located in 13 locations throughout Kings County and Tulare County of which 11 are clinical sites.