From the Post News:
April 15, 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Ritterman
Richmond Vice-Mayor Dr. Jeffrey Ritterman, a long-time Kaiser cardiologist, has been honored with a prestigious national recognition by Kaiser Permanente for his dedication to community service.
Ritterman, 62, retired as Chief of Cardiology in November last year. He is among among 11 recipients of the 2010 David Lawrence Community Service Award.
The award recognizes physicians and employees who exemplify outstanding community service and demonstrate extraordinary efforts to improve the health of our communities. Ritterman was cited for his work as a “public and environmental health champion and public policy maker.”
He started his career at Kaiser in 1981. He has served on the Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board of Contra Costa County since 1990. He is on the steering committee of the San Francisco bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and serves on Richmond Mayor’s Task Force on Environmental Justice and Environmental Health.
“Dr. Jeffrey Ritterman expressed his career-long passion for both Kaiser Permanente and the Richmond community by looking for partnership opportunities,” Dr. Tim Batchelder, Physician in Chief at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center -Richmond.
“As a lead for physician recruitment, he enrolled altruistic physicians who saw this as an opportunity where their work could make a real difference,” Dr. Batchelder said. “At other times, Jeff challenged Kaiser Permanente to do its best by identifying opportunities for it to support community-based programs. His remarkable advocacy contributed strongly to the Richmond Medical Center’s distinction for social conscience.”
The award, Ritterman said, “is an incredible honor. There are so many deserving people within Kaiser. To receive this is just a delightful honor.”
Ritterman is preparing to teach at a joint medical school, a partnership between University of California-Berkeley and University of California-San Francisco.
“What I’m most proud is I’ve changed the orientation of the city to be more focused on the health of the community,” Ritterman said of his work in Richmond. “My basic proposition is: the more caring we are, the healthier we will be.”
Ritterman was elected to the Richmond City Council in 2008.
Winners of the David Lawrence Community Service Award were selected by a subcommittee of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Board of Directors following a rigorous screening process.
David Lawrence, MD, is a former chief executive of Kaiser Permanente and lifelong advocate of improving health.
Award recipients receive a $10,000 grant designated to the non-profit organization of their choice, courtesy of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit division.