General Information

Honorary Membership

A person distinguished in the health care field may be nominated as an Honorary member for a specific period of time. (This does not include retiring CEOs who would be nominated for Life Membership.) This award is often given to industry leaders who are retiring or leaving a position in the health care field. Honorary members are exempt from payment of dues during the period of Honorary Membership.

Recipients

2017
Michael Rembis, FACHE, Former Corporate CEO, Avanti Hospitals, El Segundo

2016
Jay M. Gellert, former CEO, Health Net, Inc., Woodland Hills

2015
Robert J. Margolis, MD, Former CEO, HealthCare Partners, LLC

2014

  • Martin Brotman, MD, Former President/CEO, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
  • Edward Palacios, RN, Vice President, Operations, Vibra Healthcare, Fresno

2013
Diana S. Dooley, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

2012
Deloras Jones, RN, former Executive Director, California Institute for Nursing & Health Care

2003

  • Joseph S. Silva, Jr., M.D., Dean, University of California Davis Medical School
  • Mary E. Reres, Director, Kaiser Health Plans and Hospitals, Inc., Malibu
  • Sister June Wilkerson, Former Coordinator/Mission Leadership, Providence Health System, San Fernando Valley Service Area1954 Lucius W. Johnson, M.D.

2002

  • John G. Williams, former COO, Catholic Healthcare West, Greater Bay Area Division

2001

  • Kenneth F. Colling, Senior Vice President, Operations Resource Services for Health Plans/Hospitals, Kaiser Permanente-California Division-South
  • Mark R. Finucane, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • Jack E. Fries, President/CEO, St. Luke’s Hospital, San Francisco

2000
Vic Biswell, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of California Healthcare Districts, Sacramento

1997

  • Jack Davis, Retired, Director of Regional Services, Southern California Region, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Los Angeles
  • William C. Finlayson, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, O’Connor and Saint Louise Hospitals, San Jose and Morgan Hill
  • Hugh Jones, Past Executive Vice President and Regional Manager, Southern California Region, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Los Angeles

1998
Rita Retort, Retired, Vice President, Patient Care, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance

1996

  • Will Bishop, Chief Financial Officer, Community Hospitals of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey
  • Harvey D. Kern, Retired, Director of Public Affairs, Los Angeles/USC Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • David Pockell, Past Executive Vice President and Regional Manager, Northern California Region, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Oakland
  • William H. Swanson, M.D., Past Medical Director, County of Los Angeles Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Betty J. Warner, Past Senior Vice President, Membership Services, California Hospital Association

1995

  • Sister Mary Jo Anderson, Vice President, Community Relations, Mercy Healthcare San Diego, San Diego
  • Ronald C. Harm, Retired, Director of Accreditation and Regulation, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Oakland

1993

  • Robert E. Fredricks, M.D., Retired, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, St. John’s Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica
  • Sister Jane Frances Power, CSJ, Director, Department of Health Affairs, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

1992
Arthur Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, El Centro Regional Medical Center, El Centro (Posthumous Award)

1991
Thomas R. Paton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Shield of California, San Francisco

1990
Stephen A. Bowles, Past President, Nu-Med Hospitals, Inc., Encino

1989
Dewey Baggett, Retired, President, Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, San Diego

1986
Bernard L. Rhodes, M.D., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland

1985

  • Uranus J. Appel, American Medical International, Inc., Los Angeles
  • Avram Yedidia, Organization of Health Care Services, Oakland
  • Fred J. Hiestand, Esq., Attorney at Law, Sacramento

1983

  • Robert J. Thomas, Executive Vice President, Blue Cross of California, Los Angeles
  • Jack J. Fulton, Mills-Fulton Consultants, Los Angeles

1982
George C. Lucia, President, Blue Cross of Northern California, Oakland

1981
James W. McFarlane, Western Regional Coordinator, American College of Hospital Administrators

1978

  • Lawrence T. Cooper, Chairman, Board of Trustees, California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Avery M. Millard, Regional Director, American Hospital Association, Former Executive Director, California Hospital Association, Sacramento

1977
John B. Brewer, President, Hospital Council of Southern California, Los Angeles

1976
James Brown, Senior Vice President, Blue Cross of Southern California

1975
Robert S. Hawthorne, Blue Cross of Northern California

1972

  • Keith O. Taylor, Director of Program in Hospital Administration, UC Berkeley
  • Louis F. Saylor, M.D., Director of State Department of Public Health

1965

  • Edward B. Eckdahl
  • Mrs. T. Roy Hoover
  • James C. Doyle, M.D.

1963
V.K. Meedom

1958

  • Wilber Krell
  • Arthur J. Will
  • Ben H. Read
  • R.D. Brisbane

1957

  • Manny Weisburger
  • Louis Lundberg

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