CommonSpirit Health Leader Named to National Institute for Medical Respite Care Advisory Panel

NASHVILLE, TN, August 3, 2020 — The National Institute for Medical Respite Care (NIMRC) has announced that Pablo Bravo, System Vice President of Community Health at CommonSpirit Health, will serve as a member of its Advisory Panel.

NIMRC is the first-of-its-kind institute designed to identify best practices, offer expert services, and advance state-of-the-field knowledge in medical respite care. Medical respite care programs (also known as medical recuperative care) provide care to patients without homes who are not sick enough to remain in the hospital but are too sick to be on the streets or in a traditional shelter. NIMRC is a special initiative of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

In his role at CommonSpirit Health, Bravo is responsible for the overall leadership and management of community health programs. He previously served as the fiscal director for the City and County of San Francisco Department of Mental Health Children’s Services and Managed Care. He serves on the boards of the Religious Community Investment Fund, San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, and the Dominican San Rafael’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee

“We are honored to have Pablo Bravo contribute his experience and perspective to NIMRC,” said Bobby Watts, CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and director of the NIMRC initiative. “The need for medical respite care is growing, particularly as the nation continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The Advisory Panel will play a key role in shaping NIMRC and supporting our efforts to expand programs and increase access to care.”

Other members of NIMRC’s Advisory Panel are Dr. Stephen Cha, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State; Dr. Sarita Mohanty, vice president, care coordination of Medicaid and vulnerable populations for Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Pamela Riley, medical director for the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance; and Dr. Michelle Schneidermann, director of high-value care for the California Health Care Foundation.

To learn more about medical respite care, visit NIMRC online at Additional information about the National Health Care for the Homeless Council can be found at


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