Board of Directors

Sierra View Medical Center is a not-for-profit public entity that is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors. The Board serves a governing body for Sierra View Medical Center and holds monthly meetings to vote on District matters, discuss the current state of the hospital and receive both employee and community feedback.

Dr. Kent Sorrells, PhD

Dr. Kent Sorrells, has lived in the community of Springville for more than 20 years and as Sierra View District Hospital Board Chair, he represents District Five. Through his career, he has worked in Oklahoma, Illinois, California and Europe for Fortune 500 companies in both middle and upper management. His areas of expertise are microbiology, infectious disease research and development, quality assurance, marketing, organizational development, and food safety.

Dr. Sorrells has been elected to several national microbiology and food safety committees that advised the FDA on microbiological issues, and was on a committee that wrote and published a reference manual on refrigerated foods. He has been an author and co-author of 22 peer reviewed scientific publications and author on four book chapters.

Serving on the hospital board for 11 years, as secretary and chairman, Dr. Sorrells feels passionate about serving his community and being involved in making sure SVMC has the safest and best quality health care.

Some of the positive changes during his time on the board included, when the hospital became a non-smoking campus and underwent a name change; a new plant facility was built; a remodel of the Cancer Treatment Center took place; the Urology Clinic in association with Keck Medical School of University Southern California opened, as well as the opening of the new state of the art Catheterization Laboratory.

He looks forward to continuing to work with Sierra View’s Senior Management in furthering the hospital’s growth with new services, technologies, and community health programs.

Dr. Bindsagar Reddy, MD

Representing District One is Dr. Bindusagar Reddy, MD. Dr. Reddy is a local cardiologist who established his own practice and has been a part of the Porterville community for nearly 30 years. As a triple-board Certified Cardiologist, by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he performs a variety of interventional cardiac procedures at Sierra View Medical Center, Kaweah Delta, and Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

Dr. Reddy is a founder of Bakersfield Heart Hospital and is an active Bakersfield Heart Hospital Board Member. He is also involved with the Fellow of American College of Cardiology.

His background in medicine and business, coupled with his Bakersfield Heart Hospital Board experience, gives Dr. Reddy a unique perspective on how to run a successful medical center while prioritizing patient care.

Dr. Ashok Behl, MD

Dr. Ashok Behl, MD is a Board Certified Cardiologist with more than 30 years of experience in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular diseases, and internal medicine. Since 1982, Dr. Behl has served his patients and his community in California's Central Valley.

Dr. Behl has served as an elected member of the Sierra View Local Healthcare District Board of Directors for several years. He is also the Founding Director of the Sierra View Medical Center's Catheterization Laboratory. He has worked with his fellow board members, hospital physicians and staff members, and community members to meet the health care needs of his community in Porterville and beyond.

When Dr. Behl isn't in his office or at the hospital he can be found on the golf course. Dr. Behl is an avid golfer who loves to be outdoors. He plays at local golf courses and travels all over California to play.

Dr. Gaurang Pandya, MD

Dr. Gaurang Pandya, MD representing District Two, has served as a Sierra View Local Healthcare District Board of Director since 2012 and has been active in the community for more than 30 years. Dr. Pandya volunteered for Active Military Duty after his surgery residency and became certified with the American Board of Surgery. He then relocated to Porterville and began his private General Surgery Practice in 1988.

In addition to being on the SVLHCD Board, Dr. Pandya has served as past President of Tulare County Medical Society, and was President of California Medical Association President's Forum.

Dr. Pandya believes the SVLHCD Board of Directors has an opportunity to continue to steer the hospital in the direction of providing high quality local, medical and surgical services so that patients of the Porterville community and surrounding areas do not have to travel outside of the area for care.

Some of his priority goals include: success of the soon to start, primary care physician residency training program; develop a long term strategic plan for current and future pandemic response and management of the hospital system; protect the current specialty services providers and continue to add more services to our local choices; meet the financial viability challenges; continue to grow the infrastructure for outpatient medical and surgical services delivery and to help bring a mental health services clinic.

Liberty Lomeli, PA-C

Liberty Lomeli, PA-C is a Physician’s Assistant at Family HealthCare Network and represents District Four as of 2020. Liberty has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and got his start in the medical field in the U.S. Marines and the Navy before returning to his home town of Porterville.

Liberty has deep roots in Porterville and wants to see the hospital that is fundamental to this area continue to thrive. As a community member and patient, Liberty’s goal is to help provide the best access to high quality health care services at SVMC for the people it serves. With his long-time experience and devotion to healthcare, Liberty is ready to make a positive impact.