CHA News Article

Health Policy Legislative Day

CHA Board Chair Steven J. Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, welcomed members to Health Policy Legislative Day, CHA’s annual state advocacy program. The morning education program included a briefing for hospital leaders on CHA’s legislative priorities. Attendees then visited with legislators at the state Capitol to advocate for these priorities. Legislators were given a packet of written information on key issues as well as legislation of importance to hospitals, CHA DataSuite reports specific to the legislator’s district, and materials on SEIU’s proposed ballot initiatives. For an overview of the day captured in photos, tab through gallery below.

Breakfast Reception

CHA Board Chair Steven J. Packer, MD,  president/CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, visits with members at the breakfast reception.
Sen. Bill Emmerson (R – Riverside) with Martin Gallegos, DC, CHA senior vice president, chief legislative advocate.
Assemblymember Dan Logue (R – Chico), author of AB 1862, the freestanding emergency department bill sponsored by CHA, talks with C. Duane Dauner,CHA president/CEO, and Martin Gallegos, CHA senior vice president, chief legislative advocate. 
Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D – San Diego) speaks with Michael Bardin, senior director, public and government affairs, Scripps Health, and Steve Escoboza, president/CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner listens intently to Assemblymember Jeff Miller (R – Orange). 
Jim Barber, president/CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California, Sen. Bill Emmerson (R – Riverside), Assemblymember K.H. “Katcho” Achadjian (R – San Luis Obispo), and Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – Mountain View) visit over breakfast.


CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner spoke to attendees about the challenges facing hospitals and CHA’s efforts to protect access to hospital services on many fronts.
CHA Board Chair Steven J. Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, welcomes members to the annual state advocacy program.
Diana Dooley, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency and Chair of the California Health Benefit Exchange, served as the keynote for the education program.
Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, asks a question of CHHS Secretary Diana Dooley. 
Sharon Spurgeon, CEO, Coalinga Regional Medical Center, receives an award from CHPAC Chair Peter J. Mackler, executive director, government relations and policy, MemorialCare Health System, for the first hospital to reach its 2011 CHPAC goal.
Abbie Yant, vice president, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, receives the Leader of the PAC Award on behalf of Thomas Hennessy, president/CEO, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, for receiving the highest percentage above CHPAC goal for a large hospital.

Capitol Visits

Peter J. Mackler, (center) executive director, government relations and policy, MemorialCare Health System shares a light moment with Assemblymember Allan R. Mansoor (R – Costa Mesa). Joining the meeting are, from left, Jon Gilwee, senior director, government programs, UC Irvine Healthcare; Beth Hambelton, senior program & government relations liaison, MemorialCare Health System; and Pat Blaisdell, CHA vice president, post acute care services.
Sen. Mimi Walters (R – Laguna Niguel) greets Eduardo Moreno Cerezo, community development coordinator, Mission Hospital.
Sen.Ted Gaines (R – Roseville) (at desk) listens as members from his district review issues of concern to rural hospitals. Clockwise are James Whipple, CEO/administrator, Marshall Medical Center; Douglas Self, CEO, Seneca Healthcare District; Dick Derby, vice president of finance, Barton Health; Melanie Van Winkle, chief financial officer, Mammoth Hospital; Kathy Krejci, chief nursing officer, Marshall Medical Center; and Scott Seamons, regional vice president, Hospital Council of Northern & Central California.
Daniel Gross (center), executive vice president, Sharp HealthCare, presents materials to Ted Muhlhauser, legislative aide to Sen. Christine Kehoe (D – San Diego), as Steve Escoboza (right), president/CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, listens.
Robin Brown, Jr., (standing) CEO, Scripps Green Hospital, provides Senator Juan Vargas (D – San Diego) with CHA DataSuite information for his district. Members attending the meeting include, from left, Zachary Schlagel, manager, government and community affairs, UC San Diego Health System; Sara Steinhoffer, vice president, government relations, Sharp HealthCare; and Michael Bardin, senior director, public and government affairs, Scripps Health.
CHA members meet with staff from Assemblymember Bill Monning’s (D – Santa Cruz) office, including Marjorie Swartz (top center) and Tanya Robinson-Taylor. Hospital executives at the meeting include (clockwise) Andy Coe, chief government and community relations officer, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; Lourie Campos, government relations manager, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; Sherri Sager, chief government relations officer, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital; Martina O’Sullivan, director, community engagement, Dominican Hospital; and Laurie Soman, senior policy analyst, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital.
Connie Delgado, CHA chief legislative advocate, greets Diane Van Maren from Sen. Darrell Steinberg’s (D – Sacramento) office. Meeting participants include (clockwise) Clara Evans, director, public policy and fiscal advocacy, Dignity Health; Shelly Schlenker, vice president, public policy, advocacy and government relations, Dignity Health; Robert David, regional executive, American Hospital Association; Laura Niznik Williams, manager, government and community relations, UC Davis Health System; Rhonda Becker, assistant director, professional services, UC Davis Health System, and Gene Bassett, president/CEO, Methodist Hospital.