Tami-Diab_Lo.resThe Shingletown Medical Center (SMC) would like to introduce its Board Member, Tami Diab. The SMC Board of Directors consists of nine (9) members. Officers of the Board are Lorene Jefferson, Board Chair, Mary Williamson, Vice Chair, Tami Diab, Treasurer, and Ed Garcia, Secretary. Members are Philip Graham, Linda Krueger, John Swanson, Cynthia Whitt and Nanette Zimmerman.

Tami became aware of the Shingletown Medical Center when she moved to Shingletown nearly 12 years ago, but did not become actively involved until 2012 when she met SMC’s then-CEO Carolyn Hopkins at a True North Domestic Violence Awareness Candlelight March planning committee. At Carolyn’s invitation, Tami attended a meeting of the SMC Board of Directors, and became a member later in the year. Now in her fourth year on the Board of Directors, Tami currently holds the position of Treasurer and heads the Finance Committee.

Tami’s healthcare experience includes nearly three decades of working in hospital accounts analysis, medical records abstracting and operational flow in facilities in several states, including ten years at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Although no longer directly working in healthcare, Tami has continued to be deeply concerned that everyone should have access to quality health care regardless of the ability to pay. Most people don’t plan to be sick or have accidents, and they rarely save up for that kind of expense. From her many years in healthcare, she also knows that, unlike most businesses, medicine is one of very few industries where most people don’t pay full price upfront or have to sign complex contracts in order to get a product or service. This creates a divide between being able to offer access to all patients, even those who might not have adequate resources to fully pay for their care and the cost to the facility to provide care using best practices, quality personnel and current technology. As a board member, Tami can provide input on both sides.

Eight years ago, Tami decided to switch from healthcare to human services. In her current role as the One SAFE Place (OSP) Grants Administrator/Finance Assistant, Tami authors grant applications and funder reports, administers the client data software system, manages data collection, builds reports, and provides support to the finance department. As a bridge between OSP and Shingletown’s businesses and residents, Tami ensures that Shingletown is included in OSP services and programs.

Recently, several SMC staff and board members attended OSP’s “Into the Light” event featuring Colleen Stan (the “Girl In The Box”) and Lily Rose Lee, formerly Michelle Knight, the first of Ariel Castro’s three captives. The event attendees learned more about VOICES, survivors who speak to classes and groups about domestic violence and sexual assault; Team HOPE, a group of teens and young adults that support OSP youth programs; and the forensic “soft” interview room with video technology so victims, especially children, can give their statements just once and not have to repeatedly relive the trauma with multiple retellings

One SAFE Place provides services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse and other family violence. Residents of Shingletown and the surrounding areas can call 474-1910 to be connected to the OSP crisis hotline. Services are provided at the Sierra Center, located at 2250 Benton Drive in Redding, near the intersection of Benton Drive and Quartz Hill Road. At SMC, patients can speak to staff and providers about abuse and assault in confidence, and can ask for help in contacting the police or One SAFE Place.

If you have comments or would like to discuss joining the SMC Board, please contact the clinic and you will be referred to the correct correspondence (530) 474-3390.