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RotaCare Bay Area Elects John Thomas President

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The board of directors of RotaCare Bay Area, a not for profit organization with twelve free medical clinics in the greater Bay Area, has elected John Thomas to a two-year term as its president.

John Thomas is the Chief Operations Officer at San Mateo Medical Center, a county integrated system providing health care to 70,000 individuals annually with over 240,000 patient visits. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President at Seton Medical Center in Daly City for twenty years.

After serving in the US Army for three years, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Humboldt and his Masters degree in Hospital Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Mr. Thomas has served on the RotaCare Bay Area Board of Directors for 25 years. His life, both professional and personal, is focused on serving the poor and the underserved.

About RotaCare Bay Area

RotaCare Bay Area is a volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations and community members dedicated to providing free primary, quality healthcare services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay for medical care.

The organization was formed in 1989 when a local Rotarian and his club identified that many local residents had limited access to primary health care services. They resolved to meet the need, first with a clinic in Santa Clara. Since then, RotaCare Bay Area has grown to 12 clinics are operated in Coastside (Half Moon Bay), Concord, Daly City, Gilroy, Monterey, Mountain View, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Jose, San Leandro, San Rafael, and Santa Cruz. In 2013, the Free Medical Clinics experienced over 27,500 patient visits. Since its founding RotaCare has recorded more than 230,000 patient visits. The organization receives no government funding or insurance reimbursement.

Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, RotaCare Clinics are still very much in need. Millions of Californians remain uninsured and without an affordable option for Healthcare. RotaCare is poised and ready to be the safety net for those members of the community.

CONTACT: Augustine Gill 408-263-8175; E-mail: augustineg@rotacarebayarea.orgSource:RotaCare Bay Area, Inc.