Jose R. Sanchez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Humboldt Park Health (HPH). A dedicated senior health care executive with more than four decades of experience in the operational, strategic, and fiscal management of multi-faceted health care systems. Under his leadership, HPH has maintained financial stability and growth throughout his tenure. Besides consistently exceeding benchmarks in quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, José successfully orchestrated the hospital’s accreditation survey six times, including its most recent survey by DNV•GL Healthcare in 2021.
About Humboldt Park Health
Founded in 1894, Humboldt Park Health is a 200-bed acute care hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The hospital provides patient-centered healthcare focused on quality of care, ranging from wellness options to everyday care to treatment for each patient’s most critical needs.
Humboldt Park Health achieved Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and is recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The hospital and its workforce pride themselves on providing excellent medical care for their patients, their families, and surrounding communities with thoughtfulness and respect.
Partnering with a Team of Excellent Physicians
Humboldt Park Health has an extensive and talented medical staff, featuring specialists in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, general surgery, neurology, behavioral health, emergency medicine, podiatry, gastroenterology, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. This team of experienced medical providers offers specialized services to its community, alleviating the challenges of traveling long distances to receive quality medical care.
A Reaffirmation of Its Commitment
In January 2021, the hospital completed a major re-branding initiative, renaming the hospital, HUMBOLDT PARK HEALTH to reflect the diverse and inclusive community it serves along with the tagline, “Advancing Health Equity” to emphasize the hospital’s renewed commitment to ensuring all members of the community have fair and just opportunities to be as healthy as possible, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or zip code.
In June 2020, a $7M renovation of the hospital was completed, which offers patients, visitors, and employees a more vibrant and welcoming experience. In 2021, a multimillion-dollar new MRI Suite, and Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic was launched, offering patients an innovative and quality healthcare experience. A new multimillion- dollar Electronic Health Record system upgrade, Meditech Expanse, was also initiated and is scheduled to go live in December 2022.
A Representation of Strong Leadership
José’s powerful leadership has ensured that the hospital’s pandemic response remains strong to this day. it continues pushing forward with extreme vigilance in fighting COVID-19 and is proudly saving lives across the community. HPH continually strives to achieve healthy outcomes so that every human being has an equal opportunity to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Hospital Philisophy and Credo
RESPECT – HPH, its leaders, employees, and medical staff demonstrates RESPECT by supporting all our members of our health care team, so they can focus on patients.
EMPATHY – HPH, its leaders, employees, and medical staff show EMPATHY by acknowledging our patients, their families, and/or colleagues’ pain and what they have been through.
EXCELLENCE – HPH, its leaders, employees, and medical staff believe that providing EXCELLENCE in Quality of Care necessitates that it is free from harm, minimizes redundancy and waste, allows for timely access to needed services, follows best practices, and incorporates our patients’ preferences and treatment priorities.
INTEGRITY – HPH, its leaders, employees, and medical staff exemplify INTEGRITY by being honest – telling the truth, being open, and not taking advantage of others.
INCLUSIVITY – HPH, its leaders, employees, and medical staff embrace INCLUSIVITY – It is the behaviors that make people feel welcome. We motivate our entire workforce to achieve our goals.
EQUITY – HPH, its leaders, employees, and medical staff promote health EQUITY as a priority for all.
Personal Achievements and Milestones
In 2002, José was conferred an Honorary Doctorate from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in recognition of his immeasurable accomplishments and steadfast commitment to improving the health care outcomes for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged populations in New York City.
In 2019, was conferred his second Honorary Doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine for his contributions to medicine, education, and public health. He also proudly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the City College of New York and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University.
He is a Member of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board of Trustees and IHA Executive Committee; Co-chair of the IHA Committee on Health Disparities; Chair of the West Side Health Equity Collaborative; Member of the City Club of Chicago Board of Governors and Boricua College Board of Trustees.
Staying Rooted in the Community
As a community-based hospital, Humboldt Park Health reinvests back into the community through programs to serve the poor and uninsured, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, health education, and promote initiatives, and outreach for the elderly. The hospital works hard every day to be a place of healing, caring, and connection for patients and families in the community called home.
Mission and Vision Statement
As a leader, José’s favorite quote is “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
He believes in the power of innovation and utilizes it in building a significant and strong foundation. Here are the remarkable vision and mission statements of Humboldt Park Health.
MISSION: Humboldt Park Health is committed to advancing health equity and providing high-quality and compassionate health care services by partnering with patients and their families, our employees, medical staff, and the communities we serve.
VISION: Humboldt Park Health is the healthcare provider of choice for our communities and caregivers. We strive to be best in class for clinical care, service excellence, and employee engagement by following our guiding principle, “Equity Begins at Home.”
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An Accomplished Future
In 2022, HPH secured over $20 million in public funding for the development of a new Wellness Center in the Humboldt Park community to address health inequities by offering concrete solutions to meet community needs. This new center will serve as a place to improve the health of community members by extending the hospital’s continuum of care. A celebratory ground-breaking ceremony will be scheduled later this year. Upon completion, this will be the only Wellness Center for the residents of Humboldt Park located in the community.