Thad Padua, MD, pediatrician and founder of the Pediatric Center for Life at O’Connor Hospital, was one of four healthcare providers highlighted at the Catholic Health Association of the United States “Leadership for Healing” annual assembly held in Philadelphia, PA June 2 – 5, 2012.
The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHAUSA) was founded in 1915 and is dedicated to serving the nation’s Catholic health care organizations and supporting the strategic directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. O’Connor Hospital is a member of CHAUSA. According to CHAUSA, one in six patients in theUnited Statesis cared for in a Catholic hospital.
Dr. Padua, for nearly 20 years, has served as a provider of inpatient and outpatient care for low income children inSanta ClaraCountyas the founding pediatrician and medical director of thePediatricCenterfor Life. “Dr. Padua exemplifies what it means to be a compassionate medical professional and true patient advocate, and he is deserving of national recognition,” says James Dover, FACHE, president & CEO of O’Connor Hospital. “He actively collaborates with other physicians and clinicians on preventive and urgent health care for our county’s poorest children.”
Opened in 1991 as an extension of O’Connor’s Center for Life obstetrics program, the pediatric clinic originally was conceived as a full-service medical clinic to provide quality health care for the many newborns at the hospital whose low-income families could not access pediatric care.
“We are a collaborative effort — a nonprofit, hospital-owned clinic operated with private pediatricians,” says Dr. Padua. “We mirror the dedication of the Daughters of Charity Health System to serve the sick and poor by offering everything from well exams to urgent care treatments, case management and referrals to economically disadvantaged children, up to 18 years of age. On a busy day, we can easily see 95 to 100 patients. ”
Dr. Padua’s work on behalf of those less fortunate has also been recognized locally. He was honored as a “Health Care Hero” by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal last year for the thousands of lives he has touched and healed.
About O’Connor Hospital: Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, O’Connor Hospital, a member of Daughters of Charity Health System, is an acute care, not-for-profit, Catholic community hospital that has servedSanta ClaraCountylonger than any other hospital in the region. Key services at O’Connor include cardiology, oncology, mother-baby care, orthopedic services, vascular care, wound care and emergency services. O’Connor Hospital sponsors thePediatricCenterfor Life, Parish Nursing programs, and the Stanford-affiliated Family Medicine Residency Program. O’Connor is a Joint Commission designatedPrimaryStrokeCenterand the hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Department of Health Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.