San Mateo to name Chang hospital CEO

San Mateo County Supervisors on Tuesday are expected to make permanent the appointment of Dr. Sang-ick Chang as CEO of San Mateo Medical Center.

Chang, 48, once the county hospital's chief operating officer, has served as interim CEO since former CEO Nancy Steiger resigned in May.

San Mateo Medical Center runs an acute-care hospital in San Mateo, a long-term care skilled nursing facility in Burlingame and 11 clinics throughout San Mateo County.

County Manager John Maltbie announced Thursday his recommendation that Chang be named CEO.

“I have great confidence in Dr. Chang's ability to undertake the challenges ahead as San Mateo County attempts to expand health care coverage for the poor and uninsured and provides more services to seniors and children,'' said Maltbie in a prepared statement.

In July, supervisors announced an effort to expand health services to uninsured adults with the lowest incomes in the county, a recommendation by the county's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Adult Health Care Coverage Expansion, established in 2006.

Chang graduated from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Public Health, before training in family practice at San Francisco General Hospital, according to the County Manager's office.

In May, just after being named interim CEO, Chang received additional notoriety when he happened upon a young girl who had been stabbed in a bakery not far from his home in San Francisco's Twin Peaks neighborhood.

Chang rushed to attend to the girl's wounds until paramedics arrived.

Chang, credited with helping save the girl's life, played down his role. “All I did was do what doctors do,'' he said at the time.

He later received a commendation from the Board of Supervisors for his heroism.

— Bay City News

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