National Health Foundation to Honor Richard E. Yochum

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The National Health Foundation will host a Gala Tribute to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's President/CEO Richard E. Yochum.

The National Health Foundation (NHF), in association with the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), will honor Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s (PVHMC) President/CEO Richard E. Yochum on Tuesday, March 6 in a Tribute Dinner, “A Celebration of Leadership, Vision and Commitment.”

“What an honor it is to be recognized by NHF and HASC with this award. There are many others in healthcare who are deserving of this tribute and I am humbled to have been selected for this distinction,” said Yochum. “Healthcare is a field of such collaboration, cooperation and teamwork; I would not have been chosen for this honor were it not for the dedication of more than 4,500 associates, physicians and volunteers at Pomona Valley Hospital.”

National Health Foundation hosts an annual Tribute Dinner to raise funds in support of its mission to improve and enhance the health of the underserved by developing and supporting innovative programs. NHF focuses its efforts on chronic disease prevention and management, helping underserved children and families and within healthcare delivery systems. Funds raised through the Tribute Dinner are generated through sponsorships of the honoree by healthcare institutions, vendors and supporters.

Yochum has served in his present position at PVHMC since 1993 and has been employed at the Hospital since 1978. Prior to joining PVHMC Yochum served as an assistant administrator at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte. Before assuming the position of president/CEO at PVHMC Yochum served as the Hospital’s assistant administrator, vice president of administration and then executive vice president/COO. Yochum served with the U.S. Navy, Hospital Services Corps and completed an in-country Vietnam tour with the Riverine Forces. He was honorably discharged.

In addition to his leadership role at PVHMC, Yochum recently served as the 2011 Board Chairman for HASC. In this role Yochum led the expansion of patient safety collaboratives, established a statewide structure coordinating the quality improvement activities of HASC and CHA; and provided leadership in structuring financial relief to hundreds of safety-net hospitals with the MediCal fee program.

Yochum is currently a board member of the California Hospital Association. He was the chairman of the California Healthcare Insurance Company (CHI, Optima) for 2010-2011. He is a board member for VHA West Coast, Inter Valley Health Plan and an association member of the L.A. County Fair Association. Yochum is a member of the President’s Council of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a member of the President’s Society of University of La Verne and also for Mt. San Antonio College.

He served as a former board member of Mt. Baldy United Way, Boy Scouts of America, McKinley Children’s Center, and the Pomona Economic Development Corporation. Yochum has served as a past president of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and as past Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross, Pomona Valley Chapter.

Yochum has received numerous recognitions including Los Angeles Business Journal, Health Care Who’s Who in 1994; Boy Scouts of America, Good Scout of the Year, 1998; Los Angeles Times Most Influential People, 2000; Inland Empire Leaders of Distinction, 2001; Congressional Record, House of Representatives Private Sector Award, 2003; Boys and Girls Club, Golden Hands Achievement Award in 2003; and the Pomona Chamber of Commerce’s Community Award in 2004.

Yochum earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University, Los Angeles and a Master’s in Hospital Administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He has been and instructor and lecturer at the University of La Verne, Pasadena City College, and at various seminars and conferences.

Sponsoring the upcoming Tribute Dinner are Platinum Sponsors: PVHMC; Silver Sponsors: Anthem Blue Cross; Cedars-Sinai Health System; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Hooper, Lundy & Bookman Law Firm; UCLA Medical Center; and, Western University of Health Sciences; Bronze Sponsors include: CEP America; HASC; Hay Group; Citrus Valley Health Partners; Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital; Inter Valley Health Plan; Loma Linda University Health Center; Med Assets; Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital; ProMed Healthcare Administrators; Providence Health & Services; The Sullivan Group; Webb Family Enterprises; and, White Memorial Medical Center.

For additional information regarding the March 6 dinner please contact Carlyne Ervin at NHF (213) 538-0744 or event manager Joella Hopkins at (818) 433-7455.

About Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is a 453-bed, acute care, nationally accredited hospital serving the greater Pomona Valley. It is one of only 227 hospitals in the country to be named a recipient of the HealthGrades 2010/11 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. PVHMC has also been recognized nationally as a 2011 Thompson Reuters 50 Top Cardio Vascular Hospital (nationally). For more information please visit our web site at


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