Healthcare the Focus of Fresno EDC’s BEAR Breakfast

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments by

FRESNO – The Fresno Chaffee Zoo Dining Garden was the site of the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County’s BEAR Breakfast, where healthcare was the topic of discussion.

Presenters included Dr. David Hawkins, provost and dean of pharmacy with California Health Sciences University, as well as Lynne Ashbeck, regional vice president of the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California.  Hawkins discussed how the Central Valley could meet the increasing demand for primary care professionals in our region.  Ashbeck shared the significant economic impact of hospitals in Fresno and Madera Counties.

Lee Ann Eager, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County, took time to check out a porcupine before the EDC’s BEAR Breakfast at Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

“Healthcare is one of those industries that sort of gets overlooked, and people don’t realize the economic impact of the healthcare industry to our Valley,” said Lee Ann Eager, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County.

Eager shared that 45,000 are employed in healthcare in our region, and generates $6 billion yearly for Fresno and Madera counties.  It is one of the biggest employers in the area, next to education.  Large amounts of money locally have gone to the industry; for instance, hundreds of millions of dollars in construction costs have been used to expand Clovis Community Medical Center.

Eager said a big concern is the lack of a pharmacy school in Fresno.  Students often graduate from Fresno State and then go elsewhere to go to pharmacy school, and the majority of the time they don’t return.  She looks forward to when Fresno has its own pharmacy and medical school, so “we have our own folks that we can pick from, and keep them here.”

After the presentations, attendees had a chance to visit a booth by Monster City Studios, which had one of its creations, a life-size elephant head, on display, as well as take a look at the zoo’s popular exhibits.


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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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