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Published on August 21, 2015

Cottage Health President and CEO Ron Werft Awarded Fellowship to Study Health Care in Europe

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Ron Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health, has been awarded the 2015 Walker-Sullivan Fellowship.

Presented by California Health Foundation & Trust, based in Sacramento, the award is given to recognize outstanding health care leaders who are willing to study health care in one or more foreign countries.

Fellows are required to prepare summary reports for the Foundation as well as the California Hospital Association. The objective of the study is to compare and contrast health care delivery and responsibility in other nations, and how these methods might have application in the United States.

Ron will focus his fellowship on population health and end-of-life care. His intensive study will begin in Prague, Czech Republic. He then will travel to Bratislava, Slovakia; followed by Oslo, Norway; and then London, England. The trip is sponsored by the California Health Foundation & Trust.

For updates and photos on Ron’s Fellowship trip, you can follow him via twitter at @RonWerft.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected as a Walker-Sullivan Fellow. This is a rare opportunity to be able to learn first-hand from health care leaders in other countries, and to exchange ideas and share experiences with them,” said Ron, who joined Cottage in 1987 and has been its President and CEO since 2000.

Other fellowship award recipients in past years have included Thomas Priselac, President and CEO of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles; and Dr. Steven Packer, President and CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

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