Education event

Governor Welcomes Hospital Leaders to Sacramento

Gov. Brown joined California hospital leaders for CHA’s 2011 Health Policy Legislative Day, April 6 in Sacramento, calling on the health care executives to take their messages directly to state legislators who are faced with “making tough and serious cuts.”


“I am glad you are here today,” Brown told the approximately 225 attendees. “We need your help. We are facing a big problem; it’s all of our problem. We are cutting across all services. What is at stake is California.”

CHA Board Chair Ronald Werft, president/CEO of Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara, also emphasized the importance of taking hospitals’ priority issues directly to California lawmakers. CHA’s top legislative priorities include a six-month hospital fee program; hospital seismic mandate relief; physician employment and nurse-staffing ratio penalties.

CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner gave an update on the political landscape and discussed top legislative priorities, including giving physicians the choice to be employed and opposing nurse-staffing ratio penalties. Anne McLeod, CHA senior vice president, health policy, discussed the hospital fee/intergovernmental transfer (IGT) program and comprehensive budget solution. Dietmar Grellmann, CHA senior vice president, managed care and professional services, presented CHA’s other legislative priorities.

Following the education program, hospital leaders headed across the street to the state Capitol to advocate for CHA’s priority issues and share their own hospital stories.

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CHPAC Awards

Peter Mackler, 2011-12 board chair of the California Hospital Association Political Action Committee (CHPAC) and director of government relations for MemorialCare Health System, presented awards to hospitals for their support of CHPAC. Award recipients were Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, Sacramento; Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital/AdventistHealth, Willits; and Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles. Also receiving a CHPAC award was Mike Cohill of Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa.

Breakfast Reception

During the breakfast reception, hospital leaders had a chance to network with Sens. Joel Anderson, Bob Dutton, Doug LaMalfa, Tony Strickland and Rod Wright; and Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, Paul Cook, Roger Dickinson, Linda Halderman, Roger Hernandez, Bonnie Lowenthal, Alan Mansoor, Jim Nielsen, Chris Norby, Richard Pan, Manuel Perez and Jim Silva. Also attending the breakfast reception were legislative staff members Kevin Bassett, chief of staff to Dutton; Craig Swaim, chief of staff to Achadjian; and Eric Stein, chief of staff to Halderman.

Issue Papers

Issue papers on all of the CHA’s top legislative priorities are available for members only at Members who don’t yet have a website account, can create one at