Written by The Business Journal Staff
Kerry Hydash, CEO
Family HealthCare Network
What we do: Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) is a private, nonprofit community-based organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community and business leaders throughout Tulare and Kings Counties. It is the largest primary care organization in the two county areas. Today, the organization has a comprehensive, patient-centered primary health care delivery model spread throughout Tulare and Kings Counties with 16 locations, 12 of which are clinical sites. FHCN is a dynamic network committed to providing comprehensive patient-centered health services to everyone in the communities we serve.
Education: I have a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained my Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno. I also graduated from the Blue Shield of California Clinical Leadership Institute program in July 2012.
Family: Dan: Husband, Jaden: Daughter (8), Nolan: Son (17 months)
Tell us about your career path that has led you to your new job.
I have always been interested in health care. When I began my career in public accounting, I chose to focus on the health care industry. During that time I worked very closely with prestigious organizations in the health care industry including UC San Francisco, Stanford Medical Center and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Care. Later, I transitioned into Human Resources and gained extensive experience in that area, which is how I found my way to Family HealthCare Network. I joined Family HealthCare Network in 2009 as the Vice President of Human Resources. I then became associate president & CEO, which led to this position.
What are the biggest challenges Family HealthCare Network faces?
This is a very exciting time in health care. It is also a time of rapid change. I believe one challenge that every health care provider faces is helping patients to understand the changes so that they can be true partners in their care.
What are the biggest opportunities?
Again, this is a time of great change in health care. This provides opportunities to ensure even more individuals get care. It provides great opportunities for us to partner with patients through the health care transformation.
Did former CEO Harry Foster have some encouraging words for you?
Harry was a tremendous supporter. He was a phenomenal mentor who encouraged my ideas, provided extensive opportunities for me to learn, all while provided continuous feedback that challenged me to keep growing.
What does the future look like for Family HealthCare Network?
The future for Family HealthCare Network will include growth to allow even more access for patients. Our patient-centered care is continuously evolving. Family HealthCare Network is the largest primary care provider in Tulare County serving 1 and 3 individuals in the county. The organization offers a full array of services including family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, adult and children’s dental services, behavioral health, nutrition, health education, chiropractic urgent care, naturopathy and pharmacy services. FHCN is recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level-Three Patient Centered Medical Health Home and has received the Gold Seal® from The Joint Commission for Quality and Patient Safety and is certified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. This honor recognizes that Family HealthCare Network’s health care team’s work in partnership with patients to provide care that’s coordinated, effective and timely and that will continue to give FHCN momentum as we move forward.
There aren’t a lot of women CEOs in the Central Valley. Do you feel like that gives you even more pressure to succeed?
I tend to not focus on gender statistics or any perceptions about women performing successfully at this level. It’s about creating a healthier community. I love what I do and that is what continually drives me every day.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The advice that has always encouraged me is to believe in myself and if I believe I can make a difference, then I will.
What are you roots in the Central Valley?
I have extensive roots here in the Central Valley. I was born and raised right here in the Central Valley as well as my parents who are also from the area. I am continuously involved with and supporting the community I grew up in.
What do you like to do on your free time?
I spend time with my family. I have a tremendous husband and two beautiful children. As a family, we cook together, take family bike rides and regularly have a family game night. I take every opportunity I have to spend time with my family.