Sherrill Brown, MD
Medical Director, Infection Prevention
AltaMed Health Services
Dr. Sherrill Brown, medical director for infection prevention, lead AltaMed’s response to the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis. When early news of the coronavirus emerged, Dr. Brown formed a task force to train staff, secure additional PPE, and implemented advanced infection prevention protocols in all of AltaMed’s 43 health centers across Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Under her leadership, AltaMed was the first to launch drive-thru COVID-19 testing and outdoor medical evaluation sites in Los Angeles and Orange counties. She coordinated the efforts to make this happen in 10 days. AltaMed provided COVID-19 testing to all, regardless of being insured. These testing sites would serve many of the essential workers who put their lives at risk. Dr. Brown’s efforts ensured that the most vulnerable populations had a place to turn for help when little information about the virus and its treatment were available.