Chief Medical Officer for United Health Centers passes away from COVID-19 complications

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Chief Medical Officer for United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley has died after a more than month-long battle with COVID-19.

Dr. Robert Shankerman led clinical operations at 21 health centers in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties since 2014 and saw patients twice a week at the Parlier Health Center.

He passed away while in intensive care at Saint Agnes Medical Center on Saturday.

United Health Centers released a statement saying in part, "While it is not clear how Dr. Shankerman contracted the virus, his death is a significant loss to the entire UHC Community including his colleagues, coworkers and friends who are now grieving his loss."

The statement also said Dr. Shankerman was a vocal advocate for taking preventative safety measures related to the virus and that he quickly implemented several protocols and practices across the organization to protect patients and staff.
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