SAN LUIS OBISPO — CenCal Health, the healthcare provider for nearly 180,000 Central Coast residents, marked its tenth anniversary operating in San Luis Obispo County with an evening of celebration and community recognitions on March 28.
Dr. Rene Bravo, M.D., F.A.A.P. of Bravo Pediatrics, and CenCal Health Board Member, served as Master of Ceremonies for the tenth anniversary celebration and awards ceremony. Bravo recalled his own childhood experience having been on Medi-Cal, and how happy he is to be able serve the CenCal Health membership as a pediatrician.
“CenCal Health means a lot to me personally because I’ve watched it since it has evolved into a bi-county health plan,” Bravo said. “CenCal Health has taken and created a safety net, which is irreplaceable on the Central Coast. Women, children, families have benefited because of the good services of CenCal Health and its providers. I’m proud to be affiliated.”
Primary Care Provider 10-Year Service Awards were presented to physicians representing nine of CenCal Health’s local Providers and Provider groups: Central Coast Pediatrics; Community Health Centers of the Central Coast; William Morgan, M.D.; Pismo Family Practice; Bravo Pediatrics, Garry R. Kolb, M.D.; Warren H. Frankel, M.D.; Robert S. Firestone, M.D.; and Jeﬀrey M. Bloom, M.D.
Legislative assistants for Senator William Monning, Congressman Salud Carbajal and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham joined Sherri Tarpchinoff Bennett, CenCal Health’s Director of Provider Services, to present the awards and recognition plaques to these valued Provider groups and individuals. The Awards presentation was followed by a heartfelt story from CenCal Health member Margaret Shepard.
Ron Castle, CEO of the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, concluded the evening’s program with a tribute to CenCal Health’s past and present leadership, acknowledging one of CenCal Health’s founding physicians, Dr. Larry Hart, and how Dr. Hart’s mission to help people get access to care continues to drive today’s CenCal Health.
“Over the last decade, we have felt privileged to be the health insurance provider for so many families in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties,” said Bob Freeman, CenCal Health CEO. “We look forward to many more years of continuing to provide our community members with the best, most reliable and comprehensive healthcare plan. We take pride in giving families the peace-of-mind in knowing that they have access to our vast network of primary care physicians, specialists, necessary medication, wellness resources, and our support.”