For over 40 years, NCHS has provided health care services to a diverse, low-income population.
Ms. Cota has extensive experience in executive management, strategic program planning, finance, and operational management in both the public and private sector. Under her direction, NCHS has become an organization with an annual budget of $40 million and a staff of more than 500. NCHS is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation for Healthcare Organization (TJC), joining a handful of community health centers nationwide that have achieved this distinction.
Ms. Cota is well respected nationally for her commitment to excellence, as well as for her business acumen. She is active in addressing social health and education inequities through various organized efforts locally and statewide.
Ms. Cota serves on numerous boards. She is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Cooperative Bank and Board member of the Council of Community Clinics in San Diego. She recently served on the California State University San Marcos’ University Council and serves in the Board of Directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to a Masters degree in Public Health from San Diego State University, Ms. Cota holds three certificates in health administration from John’s Hopkins University, University of California, San Diego and UCLA Johnson & Johnson.
Ms. Cota has received many honors which include recognition by The San Diego Business Journal as one of the region’s “Women who Mean Business,” recognition by North San Diego Lifestyle magazine as one of the region’s “50 People to Watch,” and as the 2001 “Woman of Distinction” by the Oceanside Soroptimist Club. In 2003 she received San Diego County’s Public Health Champion Award and in 1993, the “Distinguished Alumni” award from the San Diego State University School of Public Health. More recently she was a 2009 Finalist for the San Diego Business Journal's Most Admired CEO Award and in March 2010 was recognized by KPBS and Union Bank's celebration of Women's History month.
As CFO/CIO of North County Health Services (NCHS) Phil is a results-oriented CFO committed to problem-solving through team-building. Phil joined NCHS in 2000 after having been CFO at the Centre for Healthcare in San Diego. Phil has seen NCHS grow from a $12 Million per year organization to its current budget of $40+ Million. As CFO/CIO, Phil oversees all accounting and financial functions, all corporate billing and IS departments to assure staff meet corporate benchmarks. In addition, Phil negotiates, analyzes and monitors all managed care contracts in collaboration with the agency MSO and Council of Community Clinics. Phil’s varied experience includes working for the State of New York Office of the Comptroller as well as investment organizations.Phil received his MBA from City University of New York, Baruch College. Phil recognizes the financial barriers Community Health Centers must work with and enjoys the fiscal challenges of the healthcare industry.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ellis’ responsibilities include establishing, maintaining and monitoring healthcare standards, maintaining JCAHO accreditation, negotiation and oversight of clinical contracts. He is responsible for maintaining hospital coverage by its clinicians at three hospitals and responsible for the overall access and quality health care to over 60,000 patients. He also practices family medicine with an emphasis in adult chronic diseases at the NCHS San Marcos Health Center.Prior to joining North County Health Services Dr. Ellis served as Chief Medical Officer for a national physician practice management company. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego; Dr. Ellis earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas, Health Science Center. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine. In addition, Dr. Ellis has completed training in elements of integrative medicine such as medical acupuncture, botanical medicine, and mind-body medicine.Dr. Ellis believes that reaching out to the community to help solve problems can be effective in dealing with chronic health issues. He describes the four cornerstones to wellness as being nutrition, fitness, spirituality and knowledge. “I believe in it, I try to live it, and I tell my patients that it is the ultimate goal to try to obtain that balance.”
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