Fostering the highest level of eye care

Pacific Vision Foundation was founded in 1977 with the mission to prevent blindness and to improve vision for those who see imperfectly by fostering the highest level of eye care for the public. This is to be accomplished through contributing to excellence in patient care, improving eye care education of both medical professionals and the public, and supporting innovative ophthalmic research.

Michael P. Mahoney Named Pacific Vision Foundation CEO

San Francisco: April 10, 2015 Michael P. Mahoney (above left) has joined Pacific Vision Foundation (PVF) as CEO and Executive Director of the foundation’s Eye Institute, according to Dr. Bruce E. Spivey (above right), Board Chairman. Spivey explained the foundation has long been committed to eye care education as well as providing high quality vision care to the growing number of people who cannot afford to save or preserve their sight. “Rising health care costs have pushed deductibles and co-payments to the point where even many insured persons cannot afford care,” he said, explaining that PVF plans to use some of the non-profit’s real estate revenues to help subsidize care in the new Eye Institute. Mahoney, a former President and CEO of St. Rose Hospital in Hayward said, “I’m pleased to be part of this game changing concept in health services.” The institute is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.

Noting the challenges ahead, Mahoney said he expects his experience to be useful as he works to expand community services while developing a comprehensive eye care institution. Spivey said Mahoney’s hiring coincides with receiving the first tranche of funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which has committed to a $10 million Program Related Investment in the Pacific Vision Foundation Eye Institute. “We’re moving rapidly now,” he said, noting that a lease has been signed with the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). The CPMC Lions Eye Clinic, Ophthalmology Residency program and Ophthalmic Diagnostic Center will move from the CPMC Pacific Campus to the new Eye Institute.

Located at 711 Van Ness, at the corner of Turk Street, the institute is five blocks from the new CPMC hospital currently under construction. Leases have also been signed with a core group of ophthalmologists in private practice who are active faculty in the highly rated residency program and provide volunteer services to Lions Eye patients.

Mahoney will also be responsible for fundraising to develop an Ambulatory Surgery Center dedicated to eye surgery, an Education Center for medical lectures and professional meetings, along with medical office space for ophthalmologists. Bayside Realty has been selected to manage leasing activities in the 95,000 square foot building five floor building.

On April 6, 2015 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report on the grants made to PVF starting in 2007 which culminated in the recent $10 million PRI. Click on link:

http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2015/04/an- innovative-ophthalmological-and-financial-model- for-people-at.html

In addition to serving as CEO at St. Rose Hospital, Mahoney has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Alameda Alliance, Chief Operating Officer of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and Assistant Administrator at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento. A native to the Bay Area, he earned a Master’s in Health Administration at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. He is a resident of San Francisco.

Pacific Vision Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization, founded in 1977 with the mission to prevent blindness and to improve vision for those who see imperfectly by fostering the highest level of eye care for the public through contributing to excellence in patient care, improving eye care education of both medical professionals and the public and supporting innovative ophthalmic research. PVF has supported the Ophthalmology Residency program at CPMC since its inception.

PVF is located at 711 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. www.pacificvisionfoundation.org

For additional information please contact
Jo Burnett at (415) 393-1225.