General Information

Award of Merit
CHA's Highest Honor

CHA’s highest honor, the Award of Merit may be given to a CHA member executive for outstanding contributions to the California health care community. Traditionally, the recipient has provided outstanding service over an extended period. The Award of Merit is awarded for contributions that have gone far beyond association activities, and is given only when the qualifications of the nominee are extraordinary. The award is not necessarily given on an annual basis and, on a few occasions, two Awards of Merit have been given in the same year.

Recipients

2017
C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO, California Hospital Association

2016
James Barber, President/CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California

2015
Patrick E. Fry, President/CEO, Sutter Health

2014
No Award Recommended

2013
Ronald C. Werft, President/CEO, Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara
Chair, CHA Board of Trustees, 2011

2012
Daniel L. Gross, R.N., DNSc, Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations, Sharp HealthCare, San Diego

2011
Thomas Priselac, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Los Angeles

2010
Martha Marsh, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Stanford Hospital and Clinics

2009

  • J. Kendall Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, John Muir Health
  • Albert L. Greene, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Valley Presbyterian Hospital

2008
Michael Madden, Vice President, Advocacy and Development, Providence Health & Services

2007
Don Ammon, former President/CEO, Adventist Health, Roseville

2006
Walter W. “Bill” Noce. Jr., Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

2005
Blair L. Sadler, President/CEO, Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego

2004
Sister Ruth Marie Nickerson, CSC, President/CEO, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno

2003
Michael D. Stephens, president/CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach

2002
Edward Schroeder, President, Northern California Division, Catholic Healthcare West

2001
Thomas M. Johnson, CEO, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Visalia

1999
James C. Lester, Chief Executive Officer, Little Company of Mary Health System, Torrance

1998
Beverly Finley, Managing Director, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, Modesto

1997
Charles H. Mason, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Parkview Health Systems, Fort Wayne, Indiana

1996
Ames S. Early, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scripps Health, San Diego

1995
Everett L. Beck, Administrator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Fall River Mills

1994
J.D. Northway, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Valley Childrens Hospital, Fresno 

1993
Stephen W. Gamble, President, Hospital Council of Southern California, Los Angeles

1992

  • Henry B. Dunlap, Regional Director, Medic Alert Foundation International, Los Angeles
  • Yoshi Honkawa, Consultant for Health Care Advocacy, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

1991
Milton S. Tyre, Esq., Governing Board Member, Cedars-Sinai MedicalCenter, Los Angeles

1990
Russell B. Williams, Vice President and Regional Hospital Administrator, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Pasadena

1989
Charles F. Forbes, Esq., Legal Counsel, California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Los Angeles

1988
Carl Weissburg, Executive Director, United Hospital Association, Los Angeles

1987
Samuel J. Tibbitts, President, Lutheran Hospital Society, Los Angeles

1985

  • Paul D. Ward, President, California Hospital Association, Sacramento
  • Sister Jane Frances, President, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange

1983

  • Henry X. Jackson, President, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys
  • Frank F. Dupper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adventist Health System West, Roseville

1981

  • Walter R. Hoefflin, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia
  • Ernest G. Casassa, Executive Director, Kaweah Delta District Hospital, Visalia

1979
Isadore Weinstein, Administrator, Rio Hondo Memorial Hospital, Downey

1977
William M. Whelan, President, California Hospital Association, Sacramento

1974
Viggo K. Meedom, Member, State Advisory Health Council, Sacramento

1971
Mark Berke, Executive Vice President, Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco

1970
James E. Ludlam, Legal Counsel, California Hospital Association

1965
George Badenhausen, Administrator, Harriman Jones Medical Center, Long Beach

1963
J. E. Smits, Regional Administrator, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Los Angeles

1962
George U. Wood, Executive Vice President, Peralta Hospital, Oakland

1960

  • Fred W. Moore, Rideout Hospital, Marysville
  • Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. O’Dwyer

1956
Gertrude R. Folendorf, Shriner’s Hospital, San Francisco

1955
Gordon R. Cumming, Chief, Bureau of Hospitals, Berkeley

1954
Ritz E. Heerman, California Hospital, Los Angeles

1953
Sister Mary Phillips, St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco

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