County Health Care Agency director to retire

VENTURA, Calif. – Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers announced today that Health Care Agency Director Barry Fisher will be retiring on October 1, 2016 after 15 years of service to the County.

Fisher began his service to the County in June of 2001, and served the HCA in multiple roles including Emergency Medical Services Administrator, Public Health Division Manager, Public Health Director and Chief Deputy Director. Fisher has led the Health Care Agency since 2013.

During his tenure with the County, Fisher was instrumental in the post 9/11 emergency management planning, the coordination of the worldwide pandemic flu response, and the establishment of a county trauma system. Under Fisher’s leadership as Director, the Health Care Agency has grown its countywide clinic system – providing nearly 500,000 patients visits per year, and brought new specialty medical services and programs to the residents of Ventura County. Fisher worked collaboratively to create a new executive leadership team and balance an $818 million dollar budget with nearly 3,000 employees. He also oversaw the successful implementation of a new online medical records system; and guided the construction of a major new County hospital wing that is scheduled to open in December and will serve the residents of Ventura County for generations to come.

“It has been an honor serving at the helm of such a fantastic agency with so many talented and dedicated people. We have accomplished a great deal during my tenure here with the unwavering support of CEO Mike Powers, CEO senior staff, and of course, the Board of Supervisors,” said Fisher.

Reflecting on Fisher’s upcoming retirement, Powers said, “We are grateful for all Barry has done for the County and our health care system. We appreciate his efforts in leading the Health Care Agency through many critical projects, and navigating the agency through the myriad changes in this new, complex world of health care delivery. We are also appreciative of the generous lead-time he provided us on his plans, which will allow the County time to conduct a comprehensive search for his successor.”

Fisher will continue to be involved in the health care community through the County Health Care Foundation. The County Executive Office will begin recruiting a replacement for Fisher shortly.

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