TURLOCK — The Legacy Health Endowment board of trustees hired Jeffrey R. Lewis as its first president and chief executive officer. The newly-formed health care philanthropy was created as a result of the sale of Emanuel Medical Center, Inc. to Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Inc., which is affiliated with Tenet Health.
The endowment will provide funding and technical support for nonprofit health care facilities to create health care solutions within Stanislaus and Merced counties. It will work through programs that provide medical services, health screenings and testing, health education, preventative health care services, medical education, medical research and other needed health care services.
“Legacy Health Endowment has the opportunity to leave an indelible mark on our community by building and strengthening health care solutions for people living in Stanislaus and Merced counties,” said Lewis, who assumed leadership in June, in a press release. “Over the past three months I have traveled extensively throughout Stanislaus and Merced counties meeting with community health experts, college and university officials, physicians and nurses to gain a deeper understanding of the health challenges our community is facing.”
Lewis has spent more than 30 years working to promote entrepreneurial leadership, strategic partnerships, capital investment and planning, cost reduction and public policy development.
Lewis has worked in Congress, for three U.S. senators, in the private sector, and in the foundation world as well. Lewis was resident of the Institute for Healthcare Innovation while also serving as the chairman and CEO of the St. Paul’s Foundation health care Project in Marblehead, Mass.
He also spent 20 years at the Heinz Family Philanthropies as its president and chief operating officer.