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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Palomar HealthCandidate for Board Member

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Christopher K. Lee

Healthcare Consultant/Educator
32,964 votes (16.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Quality care continuity for patients.
  • Stability and transparency for staff.
  • Financial growth and sustainability.



Healthcare is changing.


In today’s environment, health systems need fresh perspectives and new ideas.

We cannot solve our problems with the mindset that created them. Organizations that refuse to change will have to play catch-up. Patients and taxpayers will bear the cost.

To facilitate meaningful change, here’s what I bring to the table:

  • A deep understanding of the healthcare landscape – I teach graduate-level healthcare administration courses at National University and have been quoted in publications such as Becker’s Hospital Review. Having worked with organizations across the healthcare continuum, I believe there needs to be more transparency and accountability—especially from publicly funded healthcare districts like Palomar.
  • On-the-ground experience with tech innovations – I’ve worked for startups bringing health IT solutions to market. From my experience, one thing is certain: It’s not about the technology. It’s always about the people—the physicians, staff, and patients. It’s about understanding their routines and solving their problems.
  • The ability to connect across cultures and generations – I understand millennial culture and social media. I coach early careerists at PurposeRedeemed and have spoken at UCSD and SDSU. At the same time, I work with Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers who hold different values. To advance healthcare today, we must speak each other’s language, engaging across cultural and generational divides.
  • An unwavering commitment to patients and taxpayers – Remember that “patients fund the entire health care industry through taxes, insurance premiums, and cash payments” (NPR, 2018). Therefore—I can’t stress this enough—the public deserves greater transparency and accountability from healthcare organizations.

I’m passionate about change not only as a healthcare professional but also as a patient.

On May 3, 2018, while walking through a parking lot, I was hit by a truck going 35 MPH. I woke up in a hospital bed and had multiple follow-up visits. Though I’m grateful for my treatment and outcomes, I saw firsthand how difficult it is to navigate our healthcare system. It should be easier; it could be easier. Together, let’s make that happen here.

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