Bay Clinic CEO Resigining to Become CEO of AlohaCare

Bay Clinic’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Strauss announced today that he will be resigning from his post and leaving Hawaii Island at the end of January. Strauss will serve as the new Chief Operating Officer for AlohaCare, Hawaii’s third-largest health plan administrator based in Honolulu.

Strauss joined Bay Clinic, Inc. in 2007 following a tumultuous time for the Hilo-based nonprofit. During his five year tenure as CEO, Strauss provided the instrumental guidance needed to stabilize and grow Bay Clinic’s infrastructure and care capacity.

According to Bay Clinic’s Board Chair Mike Gleason, Strauss helped bring focus to the vision and mission of Bay Clinic in meeting Hawaii Island’s need for affordable health care, enhancing service delivery and bolstering the organization’s financial position.

“We gladly credit our successes to Paul,” commented Gleason. “Thanks to his tireless, visionary leadership, Bay Clinic is stronger than ever. We are grateful for his service to the organization and to our patients. He will be missed. Fortunately, we are more prepared than ever to continue to grow to serve our community with a new CEO.”

Under the leadership of Strauss, Bay Clinic has grown from four to eight Family Health Center service sites, experienced a 29% increase in patients and a 46% increase in patient visits. He helped expand staffing from 95 in 2006 to 155 today. Strauss dedicated much of his time to nurturing relationships with academic partners and as a result, Bay Clinic now hosts over 200 interns each year. These internships provide valuable experience for pharmacists, nurses, counselors, social workers, dentists and physicians while simultaneously cultivating a new generation of health care workers dedicated to public health and community service.

Bay Clinic’s 10-member community-based Board of Directors is conducting a full search for the next CEO. “The board has already started the process,” reported Gleason. “We will conduct a thorough search for the right candidate to help Bay Clinic continue on in the direction inspired by Paul. The pursuit of excellence, care and compassion does not end here.”

True to form, Strauss is sparing no time and will begin his new role at AlohaCare immediately after his departure from Bay Clinic. He remarked that the decision to leave was a difficult one, influenced by a desire to help nurture the statewide healthcare delivery system for those most in need and to be closer to family on Oahu. As COO of AlohaCare, the health plan that serves Medicaid / Quest beneficiaries, Strauss will continue to work with Community Health Centers including Bay Clinic.

A farewell luncheon is being hosted by Bay Clinic staff on Thursday, January 12th at the Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Those who wish to thank him for his service to our community are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Monica Adams at madams@bayclinic.org or call (808) 961-4080.

One Response

  1. I must say it was a wise choice. Alohacare is much better!

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