Contact: Christina Hong
COVINA, Calif. ― Emanate Health Chief Nurse & Clinical Executive Melissa Howard and Dr. Jacqueline Bracy, a practicing gynecologist and president of Emanate Health Medical Group, have been named “Top Women Leaders in Healthcare” in the region by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ).
“Emanate Health is very fortunate to have two talented industry leaders who help make Emanate Health a leading health care system in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Rob Curry, President & CEO of Emanate Health. “These women used their industry expertise to establish valuable clinical protocols and their leadership to increase health care access to a growing number of people in our region.”
Howard and Dr. Bracy were selected from a field of more than 100 females from health care systems throughout Southern California based on their service as accomplished senior-level leaders in administrative or clinical roles in the industry, exhibit a willingness to share expertise with others in the field and demonstrate leadership in civic/community organizations. This is the first time that the LABJ has recognized outstanding women in the health care industry.
In her role, Howard oversees clinical activities at Emanate Health Inter-Community Hospital in Covina and Emanate Health Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, and is a member of the health care system’s senior executive leadership team. She is credited with successfully guiding initiatives that helped to substantially improve patient safety, employee retention and financial sustainability at both hospitals.
Ms. Howard also helped reinvigorate the Clinical Nurse Ladder program, which promotes leadership, implemented evidence-based nursing practices and promoted the value of compassionate care. She holds undergrad and post-graduate degrees in nursing from Azusa Pacific University, where she’s a regular lecturer, a former board member of the school’s nursing honor society and a mentor for young professionals in a variety of industries.
Dr. Bracy, who owns a private gynecology practice in Glendora, has overseen the growth of the Emanate Health Medical Group from a handful of physicians to more than 40. She has been responsible for improving access of care to the underprivileged, promoting the delivery of chronic and specialty care to the underserved and driving patient safety in recent years.
As an African-American woman, Dr. Bracy has promoted cultural sensitivity, diversity and equality in her line of work, and served as an inspiration to men and women at Emanate Health. She holds a post-graduate degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and a medical degree from State University of New York, Health Science University in Brooklyn.
“With a global pandemic as a backdrop, what makes these women even more impressive and admirable is that they’re on the front lines of COVID-19 making critical operational and clinical decisions to help keep our communities safe and provide the care when our patients need it most,” Curry said.