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CEO & Staff


Pamela Kurtzman, CEO

Contact: 650.421 2155 Ext. 202,

Education: BS, Arizona State University; MPH, University of New York at Stonybrook/Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Ms. Kurtzman joined SHD in 2006 to launch the HeartSafe Program and was appointed Director of Healthy Youth Initiatives in 2010. In 2014, she became Director of Grants and Programs before becoming CEO in January, 2018. As CEO, Ms. Kurtzman leads District efforts to foster health equity– defined as “not simply the absence of disease, but rather the overall quality of life” for all District residents.

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CEO Message to the Community


Dear Community Partner,

As a vital partner of Sequoia Healthcare District, we wanted you to be among the first to know that we reached a $19 million settlement agreement with Dignity Health, resolving a disagreement stemming from the transfer of Sequoia Hospital in 2007 to Dignity Health (then known as Catholic Healthcare West). Our Board of Directors approved the settlement today, November 18, 2021.

The amicable agreement resolves a complicated legal dispute involving terms of the 2007 transfer that has been the subject of an arbitration action between the District and Dignity Health. The $19 million settlement will be combined with $3.375 million from an unrelated audit issue. Dignity Health will pay Sequoia Healthcare District $2 million in 2021 and the remaining $20.4 million will be payable at approximately $1.02 million per year over the next 20 years.

Every dollar of this settlement will be dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of the San Mateo County communities our two organizations are dedicated to serving. Under the agreement, 50 percent of the settlement funds will go directly to Sequoia Healthcare District to further support the safety and well-being of District residents. The other 50 percent will be spent in conjunction with Dignity Health on agreed-upon projects in the District.

The District and Sequoia Hospital are identifying and prioritizing the unmet needs within our community where the joint funds can make the most impact and, while we don’t know the specific projects yet, we can assure you that all decisions will be made with a focus on equity, to understand and address the significant health needs of our highly diverse population.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 650-421-2155. My door is always open to you.

Pamela Kurtzman
CEO, Sequoia Healthcare District


Karen Li, M.D.

Director of School Health

Contact: (650) 421-2155 Ext. 204,

Education: BS, UCLA; MD, UCSF; Pediatric Residency, Children’s Hospital, Oakland

Dr. Li identifies health and safety needs, provides vision and leadership, and collaborates with school district wellness coordinators and community partners. Prior to working at the District, Dr. Li was the Wellness Coordinator at Sequoia Union High School District. She brings with her a wealth of medical knowledge and expertise from her former career as a pediatrician.                 

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Heidi Stamper

Executive Support & Clerk of the Board

Contact: (650) 421-2155 Ext. 201,

Education: BA, technical writing certificate, CSU Chico

Ms. Stamper first joined the District as a member of the Living Healthy team in 2014. Prior to joining SHD, she has worked as a grant writer, software release coordinator, technical writer, event coordinator, convention organizer, and bookkeeper.  In August 2017, Ms. Stamper took on the role of office manager, bookkeeper, and clerk of the Board.                                                                 

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Jenny Bratton

Grants Development Director

Contact: (650) 421-2155 Ext. 207,

Education: BA, UCLA; Teaching credential, UCSD; MA, SJSU           

Ms. Bratton joined Sequoia Healthcare District in July 2017. Prior to joining SHCD, Ms. Bratton spent the last 15 years working in public education, of which the past four years were spent teaching at Woodside High School in the Sequoia Union High School District. Ms. Bratton provides overall support for HSI work and grants programs.                                                                                                                                                                        

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Luz Garcia

District Comms & Sequoia Strong Coordinator

Contact: (650) 421-2155 Ext. 203,

Education: BS, SCU                                                                                                               

Luz oversees the Sequoia Strong Program and directory where district residents are able to easily access a variety of resources to help them live a healthy and engaged life at every age. In addition, she leads the District’s communication strategies. She brings with her a deep understanding of community engagement and marketing.                                                                                

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