Abby Silverman Appointed to Scripps Health Board of Trustees

SAN DIEGO – Abby Silverman of La Jolla has been appointed to the Scripps Health Board of Trustees. Silverman is returning to the board, having originally served from 2000 to 2007, including two terms as chairwoman.

Silverman, a recently retired partner of Baker & McKenzie LLP, now serves as counsel to the firm’s North American region. Her assignments for the North American offices include designing and conducting the human resources audit program, consulting on policies, leading the Women’s Initiative and the search for a diversity director. She also maintains her practice, which includes acting as a mediator in commercial and employment disputes and advising companies and executives on all aspects of human resources, the employment aspects of corporate governance and data privacy.

She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the Southern California Super Lawyers list, along with other local and national lists of select lawyers in her areas of concentration.

“Ms. Silverman brings a high level of analysis, negotiation skills, problem solving and consensus building to the Scripps Health Board of Trustees, and we’re delighted to have her join us,” said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder.

Silverman has a long and distinguished record of community involvement. She is a past president of the La Jolla Music Society; past member of the human resources subcommittee of the Zoological Society of San Diego; and a past member of the San Diego Performing Arts League.

She has also received numerous community and professional awards, including the University of San Diego School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award; the Community Achievement Award from the Lawyers Club of San Diego; and the YWCA’s Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award. She currently serves on the District Attorney’s newly formed Women’s Advisory Council; as a lifetime honorary member of the CONNECT board of directors; as emeritus director of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), San Diego chapter; as emeritus director of Athena; and on the Board of Visitors for the University of San Diego School of Law.

Silverman received her J.D. degree from the University of San Diego; her master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College; and her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

About Scripps Health

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion non-profit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,300 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers.

Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education. In 2007, Scripps committed more than $150 million in capital and facility improvements across the San Diego region while providing significant charity care to the community – more than $236 million in uncompensated care in 2007.

Scripps Health Foundation generated $74 million in charitable donations in 2007 to support the Scripps mission.

Scripps Health includes: Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, two Scripps Mercy Hospital campuses, 10 Scripps Clinic locations, 8 Scripps Coastal Medical Center locations, and Scripps Home Health Care Services.

Contact: Steve Carpowich
Phone: 858-678-7183
E-mail: carpowich.stephen@scrippshealth.org