Campbell, CA – May 23, 2014 – Elizabeth Darrow, CEO of Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP), has announced her plan to resign from the organization in 2015. Ms. Darrow will officially step down March 31, 2015, allowing a planned leadership transition over the coming nine months.
Ms. Darrow joined SCFHP in 2009, when SCFHP's Governing Board voted unanimously to appoint her as CEO. During her five year tenure, Ms. Darrow has lead SCFHP through the most substantial changes to health care coverage in a generation, managing significant enrollment growth, from 105,000 members to over 185,000 members, implementing numerous health care reform changes, reorganizing staffing and operations to improve service and efficiency, and returning SCFHP to financial stability.
"Santa Clara County has been fortunate to have Elizabeth Darrow at the helm of SCFHP for the past five years," said Christopher Dawes, CEO and President, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. "It is critical for County residents that SCFHP be a strong, dynamic organization. Elizabeth successfully moved SCFHP from a very tenuous financial position in 2009, to one of financial stability and solid reserves. I believe she leaves SCFHP positioned for continued success."
"While there is never a perfect time for this type of transition, now is a good time to begin the process," said Elizabeth Darrow. "It has been an honor to work with our talented and committed SCFHP staff, dedicated providers, and committed community partners to further SCFHP's mission of providing access to quality, affordable health care."
"We are fortunate to have had Elizabeth's leadership, management skills and experience during this time of rapid change in health care," said Michele Lew, Chair of the Governing Board of SCFHP and President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement. "Elizabeth has strengthened SCFHP's partnerships with other Santa Clara County safety net organizations, including community health centers, community providers and the Santa Clara County Health & Hospital System, enabling all of us to more effectively serve residents of the county."
The Governing Board of SCFHP will begin a national search to replace Ms. Darrow in the next few months.