Patricia A. Gabow Elected to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees

    • April 17, 2013

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that Patricia A. Gabow, MD, a national leader in hospital reform and public health care delivery, has joined its Board of Trustees. The board leads the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

Gabow, a nephrologist by training, retired in 2012 after 20 years as CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA), an integrated health care system serving one of the poorest populations in the state of Colorado. Gabow is credited with transforming DHHA from a struggling public hospital system into a national model of integrated, fiscally stable, and high-quality care. One of the hallmarks of Gabow’s leadership was her introduction of business-based improvement methods to streamline operations, increase employee satisfaction, and develop new information technology systems, resulting in the elimination of wasteful spending while significantly enhancing patient care.

Listed as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Health Care (2007, 2009), Gabow currently serves on several influential health care and health policy commissions, including the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and the National Governors’ Association Health Advisory Board. Previously she served on the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performing Health System and the Institute of Medicine committee addressing the future viability of safety net providers. She also was chair of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

“Patricia Gabow brings to RWJF a deep well of knowledge and experience in improving the health care delivery system locally and nationally,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD. “Her achievements in lowering the costs of health care while at the same time improving the quality and access of care will be very beneficial to RWJF as we work to solve the nation’s most pressing health and health care problems.”

Earlier in Gabow’s career, she worked as a leading academic practitioner and medical researcher in the area of renal disease, making important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the treatment of polycystic kidney disease, its progression, and the genetics of the disorder. She continues to serve as a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

“We are delighted to welcome a health care leader of Patricia Gabow’s renown to the Board of Trustees,” said Foundation Board Chair Roger Fine, JD. “Her expertise in public health, cutting-edge medical technology, and health care policy will help us build on the Foundation’s 40-year history of serving as a positive change agent dedicated to moving our nation toward a culture of health.”

Gabow graduated from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in biology before attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of more than 100 articles and 36 books and book chapters, and is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.

“In Patricia we are gaining a widely experienced and immensely talented new board member,” Lavizzo-Mourey said. “We look forward to welcoming her to the RWJF community.”

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