Sierra Vista Elects Two New Board Members 
Ron Yukelson 
Friday, 26 August 2011 

Tom Jones, Regional Director of Government Relations for Pacific Gas & Electric and Patrick Vaughan, MD, a family practice physician in Morro Bay, have been elected to the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Governing Board.

Jones, well known in the community for his governmental and charitable work at PG&E, oversees the company’s governmental, community and philanthropic activities from Stockton to San Bernardino County and Santa Cruz to Vandenberg Air Force Base. He joined PG&E in 2001 during the height of the energy crisis. Prior to that he worked for then State Senator Jack O’Connell for seven years, ultimately serving as his District Director.

Dr. Vaughan has practiced in Morro Bay since 1982 as an employee of the old San Luis Medical Clinic (later known as Mission Medical Clinic) where he served as president of the organization. Since 2002 he has been in private practice. Dr. Vaughan is a previous Chief of Staff at Sierra Vista and has also been chair of the Bylaws Committee and Chair of Education, organizing Continuing Medical Education for area physicians. He is a graduate of Georgetown Medical School and completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of Massachusetts.

At 164 beds, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is the County’s largest hospital and serves as its tertiary referral center and de facto trauma center. It houses the County’s only neurosurgery program, high risk pregnancy program, the only dedicated Pediatric Unit in San Luis Obispo County and the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit between Santa Barbara and Salinas. Through its affiliation with the Cal Poly Athletic Department it is also the Hospital of Choice for Cal Poly athletics.