General Information

Leadership in Governance

This award recognizes hospital or health system board trustees who demonstrate a commitment to health care policies and issues. As health care organizations become more complex to govern, it is crucial that hospital/health system trustees participate in active decision-making and strategic thinking needed to anticipate the future demands of the health care marketplace. The Leadership in Governance Award recognizes trustees who have met these increasing challenges; shown an outstanding commitment to their communities; given exemplary service as active, informed and dedicated trustees; and provided leadership, strategic planning and support to their hospitals or systems.


Richard F. Afable, MD, MPH, Trustee, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, Torrance

Charles T. Munger, Chairman, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles


  • Joseph Wilkins, Vice Chair, St. Joseph Hoag Health, Irvine
  • James B. Smith, III, Former Chair, Board of Directors, Sharp HealthCare, La Jolla

Patrice Koda Coyle, Dignity Health, Sacramento Service Area Community Board


  • Ronald Nelson, Trustee, Alameda Health System, Oakland
  • Larry Schallock, Board Member, Tri-City Healthcare District, Oceanside

David Reeder, Board of Directors, El Camino Healthcare District, Mountain View

Rose Pak, Trustee, Chinese Hospital, San Francisco


  • Brady Myers, President, Board of Directors, Colusa Regional Medical Center, Colusa
  • Matthew Y. C. Lin, M.D., Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, AHMC Healthcare, Inc., Alhambra
  • T. E. “Ted” Kleiter, Board Chair, Palomar Pomerado Health, Escondido

Sherman Balch, Chair, Board of Trustees, St. Rose Hospital


  • Curtis Morris, Director, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • Marcelo Rivera, MD, Chairman of the Board, Palomar Pomerado Health District
  • Kurt Hahn, Member District Board of Directors, Healdsburg District Hospital


  • Darlene Garrahy, Trustee, Tri-City Healthcare District, Oceanside
  • Nathan Olivas, Board Vice President, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System


  • Norman Coulson, Chairman of the Board, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank
  • LeRoy Trippel, Chairman of the Board, Tulare District Healthcare System


  • Alan Larson, M.D., Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, and Former Chairman of the Board, Palomar Pomerado Health, San Diego
  • Harry M. Goldstein, Chairman of the Board, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage


  • Lester Cufaude, Governing Board President, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Fall River Mills
  • Ron Flores, Past Chairman, Madera Community Hospital Board of Trustees
  • Albert Ghirardelli, Esq., Chairman of the Board, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hill
  • Ronald A. Mitchell, Board Chairman, Tri-City Healthcare District, Oceanside


  • Michael Baird, M.D., chair, Enloe Medical Center Board of Trustees, Chico
  • Thomas J. Mostert, president, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, and chair, Adventist Health Board of Directors, Westlake Village
  • Jack Wise, chair, Oakmont Mortgage, Woodland Hills, and chair, Providence Health System, Southern California Region, San Fernando Valley Service Area


  • Gordon K. Foster, Board Chair, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Dennis O’Connell, Board Chair, Sutter Health, Sacramento
  • Richard Powers, M.D., Family Practice Physician, and President, West County Healthcare Foundation, Sebastopol


  • Tom Mullen, Supervisor, Riverside County Board of Supervisors
  • Patricia T. Ross, President, Board of Directors, Tulare Local Health Care District