Kara Ralston Honored for Leadership, Leads Camarillo Health Care District to Award-Winning Status
Camarillo, CA – The Camarillo Health Care District (District) is proud to announce CEO Kara Ralston as a recipient of the Top 50 Women in Business Award by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
Each year the publication accepts nominations for recognition amongst leading ladies throughout the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Tri-Counties.
During Ralston’s 18-year tenure at the District, she has held positions as Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and has served as CEO since June of 2015. She is responsible for guiding the mission and vision of the District, developing and implementing quality health and wellness services for the community, and leading a team of experienced professionals to achieve a vast array of community health objectives.
A 30-year resident of Ventura County, Ralston has served in a leadership capacity on behalf of many professional and community organizations, and is a featured author and presenter for statewide industry organizations such as the Association of California Health Care Districts and California Special Districts Association.
District Board of Directors President, Rodger Brown, said Ralston’s award is well-deserved. “Kara has significantly expanded the scope of District programs and positioned us as a trusted, preferred partner in federal, state and local service contracts,” Brown said. “She is very worthy of this recognition.”
Since taking the helm, Kara has led the District to achieve the following successes:
- One of eight Districts to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services demonstration project to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.
- Renovated the District’s adult day center to embrace person-centered philosophy of care, for which the District was recently awarded the Innovative Program of the Year by California Special Districts Association.
- Selected as the only program in California to receive certification from the Rosalynn Carter Institute’s award-winning, evidence-based REACH (Resources and Education for Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) program in recognition of the District’s excellence in providing training, education and resources for family caregivers.
- One of six organizations in California selected to receive $100,000 from The SCAN Foundation, designed to forge new health sector partnerships.
- Nationally recognized for designing and implementing new models of evidence-based care as a Master Trainer organization.
- Led the development of the Ventura County Evidence-Based Health Promotion Coalition and secured funding for its sustainability.
- Secured funding from the SCAN Foundation for the Ventura County Hospital to Home Alliance to participate in a statewide initiative to integrate long-term supports and services in the health care continuum across California.
- Founding member of Partners At Home, a growing state-wide network pioneering a new specialty of care.
Ralston holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations, a master’s degree in business administration, and is a certified statewide special district administrator.