Ranch resident named to head Rady Children’s Hospital board

COAST CITIES — Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego announced the appointment of Rancho Santa Fe resident and Encinitas business owner David F. Hale as chairman of the board of trustees.
Hale has been a member of the board since 1996 and has held a number of leadership positions on the board. Hale began his new role Feb. 3, during the hospital’s annual meeting of board members, volunteers, physicians and community leaders.
“It’s a great honor to be part of an institution that plays such an important role in ensuring the health and well-being of our community’s children,” said Hale, who is the chairman and CEO of Hale BioPharma Ventures. “My journey with Rady Children’s over the past 20 years has been truly inspiring. I look forward to this new chapter.”
Hale will serve as chairman of the Governance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. He will also chair the Compensation Committee, of which he has been a member since 2008; and the Executive Committee, on which he has served since 2007. Other past roles include the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Information Technology Task Force.
“David has been an invaluable member of the Rady Children’s family for more than 20 years,” said Kathleen Sellick, president and chief executive officer of Rady Children’s. “David’s leadership will help Rady Children’s ensure that every child who needs care will receive it. He will inspire us to reach our full potential as caregivers and innovators in pediatric science.”
Hale’s involvement with Rady Children’s goes back to the early 1990s before his involvement on the board of trustees. He is the founding chairman of the Hospital’s Miracle Makers Gala.
Hale BioPharma Ventures is a private company focused on the formation and development of biotechnology and specialty pharma companies. Hale is an entrepreneur who has been involved in the founding and/or development of a number of biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies. Hale is a co-founder and director of Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Elevation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California, is a 442-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. On Oct. 10, 2010, Rady Children’s opened the Acute Care Pavilion building that is home to the new Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the Warren Family Surgical Center, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2001, Rady Children’s formed an affiliation agreement with the University of California-San Diego to unify pediatric patient care, research, education, and community service programs on the Rady Children’s campus.

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