CHA News Article

CHHS Secretary to Address Rural Health Care Symposium
Symposium focus is future of health care, hospital transition strategies

Diana Dooley, secretary of California Health and Human Services Agency, will address rural executives on day two of the Rural Health Care Symposium, March 13-15 in Sacramento. She will share her insights on the state’s progress toward implementing the Affordable Care Act and provide updates on California’s health benefit exchange (Covered California), managed Medi-Cal and dual eligibles. Keynote for this year’s event is Ian Morrison, international speaker, health care futurist and author of Leading Change in Health Care: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow. He will analyze the changing business of health care and share his vision of the future for rural providers. Other session highlights include planning for market-driven health care, the link between staff productivity and patient satisfaction, and the unexpected benefits of implementing an electronic health record system. A special working session on CHA’s “Transforming for Tomorrow” hospital models will help providers identify core strengths needed to position their operations to thrive in the years to come.

Back-to-back events for health care executives
Rural hospital executives are encouraged to arrive early to attend CHA’s Health Policy Legislative Day on March 12 – 13. Don’t miss the opportunity to influence public policy and discuss important health care issues with legislators at the state Capitol — it’s critical for health care leaders to attend both events. Register separately for this event at

Register early to save on hotel, tuition
Participants are advised to reserve rooms at host hotel, Hyatt Regency, early; room availability is limited.  For reservations call (888) 421-1442 and mention the “California Hospital Association.” For more information or to register, go to www.calhospital/rural-symposium. For sponsor or exhibit opportunities call Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or