Health Care has a New Champion on the Peninsula
For Sanjay Subhedar, the bigger the challenge the better. Mr. Subhedar was just 21 when he launched a version of domestic Peace Corps for the villages in the state of Maharashtra in his native India. Four decades later, he is one of Silicon Valley’s most respected venture investors and community innovators, having accepted challenge after challenge in business, education, the arts, and now health care.
We have a lot of work ahead of us," Mr. Subhedar says of his new position as chair of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Community Board of Trustees. A dedicated PAMF Board and committee member, he steps into the leadership role with five main challenges in mind:
- Quality of Care
"Declining reimbursements make it harder to maintain excellent facilities, equipment and program—but you can’t have satisfied patients without them."
"Health care still has the potential to bankrupt a person. There’s got to be a better way."
"Computers ought to be able to help us lower costs."
"Health care isn’t like buying a bag of rice, but consumers still want to know what they are spending for the services provided."
- Physician and Research Recruitment
"Real estate costs make it expensive to recruit people from outside the area. You have to be creative."
In Mr. Subhedar’s mind, one theme unites these varied challenges: the need for philanthropy. "We can’t do any of this on reimbursements alone, especially with health care reform. We know we’re going to need more help from the community."
Mr. Subhedar and his wife, Suniti, are generous donors to PAMF. In addition, he serves on the Community Advisory Committee of PAMF’s South Asian Wellness Task Force. "One of the challenges I have taken an interest in is encouraging more Indian Americans to give to PAMF."
There’s that word again: Challenge. It was Mr. Subhedar’s business mind that inspired PAMF CEO Richard Slavin, M.D., to recruit him as Board chair. Before founding Storm Ventures in 2000, Mr. Subhedar held senior positions at E-Tek Dynamics, StrataCom and Cisco. Now he is putting his high-tech business acumen to a new test.
"PAMF has accomplished so much. As long as we are engaged and giving back, we will keep that momentum going."
- Sanjay Subhedar