Dr. John Rashkis has frequently led the way in introducing new medical care concepts to his community. A family physician in Los Gatos, California, he served The County of Santa Clara paramedic system as Medical Director for most of the 1980s. During that time, Dr. John Rashkis collaborated with the Emergency Medical System Agency in developing their Trauma System Plan, a comprehensive guide that provides an efficient, integrated system of care for both the seriously injured and victims of pandemics. This system currently works with three certified trauma centers in Santa Clara County and provides service on a secondary basis to neighboring counties.
As a member of the medical staff at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, one of the leading acute care facilities in the region, Dr. John Rashkis collaborated with other physicians to found the Department of Hospitalist Medicine. Hospitalists are medical doctors who act as primary physicians for admitted patients during their stay. This approach benefits all stakeholders: patients, who have greater access to physician care; their regular doctors, who may lack specialized knowledge of certain conditions or experience coordinating care in an institutional setting; and the medical centers, which gain from having full-time physicians who can manage and oversee all aspects of the admitted individuals’ care. Dr. Rashkis continues to work in this capacity and co-manage the Good Samaritan Hospitalist Group.
Dr. John Rashkis belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Medical Association. He also served as the Medical Director for the Masonic Homes of California, as well as a number of skilled nursing facilities in the region. Dr. Rashkis and his wife Karen have raised two sons who are now practicing attorneys.