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Another advisory panel for McNerney

By Josh Richman
Monday, April 9th, 2007 at 12:00 pm in Arnold Schwarzenegger, General, Jerry McNerney, U.S. House.

mcnerneyportrait.jpgRep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, seems determined not only to represent his constituents, but to meet and hear every single darned one of ’em.

He’s been holding “Congress At Your Corner” sessions around his district, perching in community centers, grocery stores and what have you in order to meet the masses. Then, last week, he convened a small-business advisory panel that he says he’ll consult periodically.

And this afternoon, he’ll convene a healthcare advisory board in a Brentwood Police Department meeting room for a discussion on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicare Part D and prescription drug plans, MediCal, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed health care plan. This panel’s members include:

  • Aida Bruun, RN & BSN, San Ramon
  • Sue Compton, associate executive director and RN, Axis Community Health, Pleasanton
  • Dr. Terry Lightfoot, Kaiser Manteca Medical Center
  • Michael Kirkpatrick, CEO, Community Medical Centers, Stockton
  • Mark Lisa, CEO, Doctors Hospital of Manteca
  • Jose Posadas, Armed Forces Emergency Services & International Services specialist, American Red Cross of Santa Clara Valley
  • Andy Prokop, president & CEO, United Way of San Joaquin County, Stockton
  • Scot Sinclair, executive director, O’Connor Woods, Stockton
  • Dr. William Walker, director, Contra Costa Health Services
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    • Jan Howe,RN

      I am heartened to see that my freshman 11th District Congressman, Jerry McNerney, is being far more visible in his 4 county constituency than his predecessor, Pombo, ever was in 17 yrs. I applaud his citizen advisory committee for health care issues (APRIL 2007), but feel it’s a bit lean on hands-on health care providers, ie. floor RNs, clinic nurse practicianers, home care or public health social workers or home aides, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, skilled nursing facility certified aides, MD office medical assistants, dentists, etc.

      I do not mean to imply that his appointees are lacking in any way till I get to know them better. But many of the solutions to the problems with health care in the USA don’t come from those who just administer facilities, agencies, etc. Do these people ever “see” , ie. touch the flesh of real patients? Do they treat them? Do they deliver direct care? Or are they too far removed from the people paying the bills and receiving the care we need to improve?

      The advisory committee is a good start for a new Congressman.