To stop the runaway rate increases imposed by EID, the Board of Directors needs leaders who know how to bring people together and offer solutions.
As a retired physician, Dr. Dale Coco has devoted his life to help improve the lives of his neighbors and patients. He is now ready to help one last patient -- EID.
He has a BS in Biology from SMU, an MD from the University of Texas and did post graduate work at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Stanford University Hospital. Dr. Coco moved to El Dorado County thirty-nine years ago. For fifteen years he was in private practice in South Lake Tahoe and Cameron Park. He then joined and retired from a $90 billion dollar health care organization after spending seventeen years with the group.
Dr. Coco is a problem solver with an administrative background as well as experience in systems analysis and design. He was the project leader, or a member eight projects specifically tasked with decreasing costs, while improving quality and efficiency. These projects saved hundreds of millions of dollars while improving patient satisfaction and quality scores for the organization. During the course of his career, he also educated and trained new physicians. All of these skills will be put to use as a member of the Board of Directors at EID.
A few of his professional accolades include:
- Chief of Staff at Barton Hospital (South Lake Tahoe)
- Member of several committees at Marshall Hospital
- Volunteer faculty member at UCSF, providing externships for third year medical students
- Volunteer instructor at UC Davis, supervising residents in a clinical setting
- Physician member of the Nurse Practitioner training program at UC Davis
- Member of team responsible for Primary Care Delivery System remodel at Kaiser-Permanente
Dr. Coco and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for thirty-nine years and have lived in Cameron Park for thirty. They raised their children here. Dr. Coco is a past president of the Cameron Park Rotary. He coached youth sports, was the side line physician at Oak Ridge High School and instituted the county wide policy of having an ambulance at all football games.
Dr. Coco's commitment to service and to his neighbors did not stop at retirement. He became interested in water as he saw his own and his neighbors rates continue to increase. He became involved and joined the Board of the American River Conservancy and began to research the water issues, both inside and outside of El Dorado County. He has served on two EID citizen's committees and remains active in the one associated with the El Dorado County Water Agency and EID. As a problem solver he met with and brought together all of the major stakeholders including rate payers, business leaders and environmentalists. He then met with EID Managers and even the Employee Association representatives in order to fully familiarize himself with the operations and the situation at EID.
He has learned the issues related to water are very complex. He also saw an organization in need of solutions to decrease costs, reduce the debt, stop rate increase and improve quality and efficiency. Dr. Coco knew he could apply his skills and help stop the runaway rate increases and cut back on the $370,000,000 debt.
Since he is retired, Dr. Coco is committed to devoting his full attention and the necessary time to being a fully engaged EID Board Member. He will have the time, not only to serve on the EID Board, but on the other boards and committees related to water issues, both inside and outside of the County.