Our History


   Stage I — The Beginning

  Founded—In 1973, Stephen W. Gamble, President of the Hospital Council of Southern California, and James E. Ludlam, Esq., with Musick Peeler & Garrett and legal counsel to numerous healthcare organizations, formed the Hospital Educational Research Foundation of Southern California

  Purpose—to conduct research and educational programs related to healthcare delivery, particularly in hospital settings

  First project—developing bioengineering program for hospitals on how to handle biological waste

  Stage II — New Focus on Health Promotion

  During 1980s—created several permanent exhibits at California Museum of Science and Industry: Health for Life and Lifestyle Choices

  Late 1980s—changed name to National Health Foundation to reflect change in mission

  Stage III — Access for the Underserved

  In 1990-NHF Rita Moya hired as First President/CEO

  Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM) program launched giving NHF state-wide presence

  In recognition for the need for permanent capital NHF creates an endowment with the goal of raising $5 million

  Stage IV — Building Bridges in The Health Care System

  In 2002 Eugene Grigsby hired as second President/CEO

  NHF Initiates Tribute Dinner series

  Three year strategic plan developed focusing on: Chronic Disease, Prevention and Management, Underserved Children & Families, and Healthcare Delivery Systems

  NHF launches series of revenue generating programs

  In 2015, Eugene Grigsby retires and long-time NHF Chief Operating Officer Kelly A. Bruno becomes President/CEO.