Tulare Regional Medical Center
April 23, 2014
-- Shawn Bolouki is a healthcare executive who delivers award-winning financial and operational results in acute-care hospitals and medical centers ranging in size from 120 to 1,200 beds in faith-based, not-for-profit, academic, investor-owned and governmental organizations.
Shawn Bolouki worked as Chief Executive Officer at Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC) in Tulare, California for six years. When Shawn Bolouki initially began work at the Tulare Regional Medical Center, the hospital was not known for its commitment to quality. In the time he spent there, the hospital became the only hospital in both central and northern California to have two national accreditation certificates(
TJC, DNV). With an accredited CAP toxicology lab, an accredited ACR imaging center and an ISO 9001 certification, TRMC was also recognized by California Health Engagement Network and Beacon Patient Safety First Exchange for it's commitment to quality patient care.
After accomplishing a major financial turn around and assisting the board with alignment of the hospital, Shawn Bolouki decided to pursue other challenges and contribute his ideas to other projects. He hopes to continue and eventually finish his doctorate. He would also like to have the opportunity to teach again. His teaching at the University of California San Diego College of Extended Studies was one of the most rewarding experience . He would like nothing more than to mentor and share his knowledge with younger coworkers and others.
John Barbadian, who worked with Shawn Bolouki for several years, describes his colleague as a very intelligent individual with high ethical standards.
"He is the most the ethical person I have ever met. Shawn demands a great deal of his staff, and he pushes and transforms organizations to higher performance,"
Barbadian said. "He has respect and dignity for every employee. He makes hard decisions, is outspoken and smart." Barbadian describes Bolouki as a caring, understanding individual who is always concerned with what to do to improve medical services for the community.
Another colleague of his, Marie Macedo, believes that he is an intelligent, decisive and caring human being.
"He knows the hospital business inside and out," she said. "He cares about everyone and believes that healthcare is a fundamental right for every human being."
In his years in the healthcare field, one of the more memorable Bolouki's experiences was at a city council meeting in Tulare when a group of people from the West side of the city complained about how they have no access to healthcare and there was no clinic on their side of the Town. Bolouki investigated this and also found out that not only was there no clinic in that section of the city, but many people did not have the transportation to reach the nearest clinic. Bolouki worked with the city council, and Tulare Redevelopment Agency for more than two years and finally a new clinic was opened in January 2014 to provide healthcare to the undeserved population. He also partnered with Earlimart school District that lacked health care facilities and obtained grant from the federal government to put a clinic on the ground of the school. After his work there, he received many requests to duplicate this projects at other schools. Shawn Bolouki was grateful to be able to work on these projects and make a difference in the quality of people's lives.