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November 16, 2010 > Special Life Event: Sherman L. Balch, recipient of the California Hospital Association's 2010 Leadership in Governance Award.

Special Life Event: Sherman L. Balch, recipient of the California Hospital Association's 2010 Leadership in Governance Award.

Submitted By Pam Russo, St. Rose Hospital Foundation

The California Hospital Association (CHA) has named Sherman L. Balch, a long-time Hayward resident and an active community member, the recipient of the 2010 Leadership in Governance Award.

The Leadership in Governance award is bestowed annually to a distinguished Board of Trustee member whose volunteer service, leadership and commitment to the community have made a significant impact.

"Sherman Balch is truly a remarkable man," says St. Rose Hospital President and CEO Michael Mahoney. "He has laid a pipeline of next-generation projects and technological advances to enhance patient care and operational efficiency at the hospital. His work translates to improved access and quality health care to our community."

Under Mr. Balch's reign as chair of Hospital Board of Trustees, he led St. Rose through the arduous transition process from its corporate parent to an independent, community, not-for-profit hospital. This was one of the most pivotal organizational strategies in the hospital's history. His leadership during such a critical juncture allowed the hospital to emerge with a successful financing strategy and continue as a viable health organization focused on the needs of its local community.

"The California Hospital Association is pleased to honor Sherman Balch for his years of outstanding service on the St. Rose Hospital Board of Trustees," adds President of the California Hospital Association, C. Duane Dauner. "Mr. Balch's leadership has been instrumental in the success of St. Rose Hospital and we are indebted to him for his contributions to the health and welfare of the Hayward community."

Balch was born in Clyde, Contra Costa County, and moved to Hayward about 35 years ago. He has been involved with charitable organizations for much of his life and, about 25 years ago, was invited to join the St Rose Hospital Foundation by the then St Rose Hospital CEO Dean Van Metre.

At college, he majored in Forestry and gravitated towards Engineering. During his studies, he also became a tool and dye worker for a few years. He eventually worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratories. His experience has proved an invaluable asset to all the organizations with which he has been involved.

Balch is a director of the Alameda County Fair Association where he co-chairs the Buildings & Grounds Committee. He is an Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Commissioner and a director of the Greater Hayward Area Recreation and Foundation.

"I thoroughly enjoy what I do," explained Balch. "I'm appreciative and humbled by the CHA. It's always nice to have work recognized in the same way that one's wife asks you to do something and thanks you for doing so. I was told a long time ago by a fellow in the construction industry that you should always spend time giving back to the community that has supported you. Consequently, I volunteered with the Home Builders Association and have moved forward since. I try to help whenever there might be a use for me and to keep myself busy."

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