General Information

Life Membership

Nominations may be made to designate a person, or persons, as a member for life. The award is presented to individuals who have made a significant service contribution to CHA, upon their retirement from active participation in health care administration.



  • Linda Bradley, RN, Former Chief Executive Officer, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Inglewood
  • Judy Coffey, RN, Former Senior Vice President/Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente, Marin/Sonoma
  • Nancy Farber, Former Chief Executive Officer, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Fremont
  • Harris F. Koenig, Former President & CEO, San Antonio Regional Hospital, Upland
  • Marcel Loh, Former President & CEO, Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica. Former Regional President & CEO, Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California, Irvine
  • Gwen Matthews, RN, Former President, Adventist Health/Northern California Network
  • Michael W. Murphy, Former President & CEO, Sharp HealthCare, San Diego
  • Captain Frank P. Pearson, MSC, USN, Retired Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
  • Anne Platt, Former Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Amador Hospital, Jackson


  • Donald Kearns, MD, MMM, President/CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
  • James J. Raggio, Former CEO, Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Lompoc
  • Bryan R. Rogers, Former President, Hospital Corporation of America – Far West Division, Henderson, NV
  • William B. Walker, MD, Former Director and Health Officer, Contra Costa Health Services, Martinez


  • Patrick R. Brady, Former CEO, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville
  • Natalie Germuska, RN, Former Market CEO, Kindred Hospital San Diego
  • Lindsay K. Mann, Former CEO, Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia
  • James S. Plummer, Former CEO, Aurora Behavioral Health Care, San Diego
  • Brenda Yee, RN, MSN, Former CEO, Chinese Hospital, San Francisco


  • James Barber, President/CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California
  • Steve Barron, Senior Vice President, Operations, Dignity Health – Southern California Division
  • Joel Bergenfeld, CEO, Physicians for Healthy Hospitals, Inc., Hemet
  • Gary J. Passama, President/CEO, NorthBay Healthcare Corporation, Fairfield
  • Lawrence A. Philipp, Interim CEO, Mark Twain Medical Center, San Andreas


  • Terry Belmont, Chief Executive Officer, UC Irvine Medical Center – Irvine, CHA Board 2001-2002, 2004-2005
  • Richard Cordova, FACHE, President/CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CHA Board 1999-2004, 2011-2014
  • Kevin Erich, President/CEO, Feather River Hospital – Paradise
  • Patrick Fry, President/CEO, Sutter Health – Sacramento, CHA Board 2005-2015
  • Robert Merwin, Chief Executive Officer, Mills-Peninsula Health Services – Burlingame
  • Deborah Sugiyama, President, NorthBay Healthcare Group - Fairfield, CHA Board 2007-2009
  • John Williams, President/CEO, Barton Memorial Hospital - South Lake Tahoe, CHA Board 1999-2003


  • Robert G. Carmen, President/CEO, Adventist Health, Roseville, CHA Board of Trustees, 2008-2014
  • Marcy Feit, Former President/CEO, ValleyCare Health System, Pleasanton, CHA Board 2007-14
  • Ruthita Fike, Former CEO, Loma Linda University Medical Center, CHA Board 2012-14
  • Edward Glavis, Senior Vice President/Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, CHA Board 2002-04
  • David Green, Former CEO, El Centro Regional Medical Center, CHA Board 2008-10 and 2012
  • Thomas Hennessy, Former President/CEO, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco
  • Kathleen Sellick, Former President/CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, CHA Board 2009-11
  • Kenneth Westbrook, Former President/CEO, Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc., Santa Ana, CAHHS Board 2013, and CHA Board 2014


  •   Leonard LaBella, Former CEO, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale, CAHHS Board of Trustees, 2007-12
  • Susan Murphy, Former Director, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CHA Board of Trustees, 2002-05
  • Evan Rayner, Former CEO, Healdsburg District Hospital, Healdsburg, CHA Board of Trustees, 2009

Bryan Ballard, Former CEO, Catalina Island Medical Center, Avalon


  • J. Kendall Anderson, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, John Muir Health, Walnut Creek
  • Samuel Downing, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Salinas
  • Dennis Lee, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia


  • Larry Ainsworth, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph Hospital
  • William Haug, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital Central California
  • Martha Marsh, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Stanford Hospital and Clinics


  • Charles Guenther, Former Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Plumas Health Care
  • Jim Hoss, Former Executive Director, San Bernardino Mountains Community Hospital District
  • Tom Johnson, Former Chief Executive Officer, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • Claire Kuczkowski, Former Chief Executive Officer, Trinity Hospital
  • Michael Madden, Vice President, Advocacy and Development, Providence Health System
  • David Mechtenberg, Former Chief Executive Officer, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
  • Gene Marie O’Connell, Former Executive Administrator, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
  • William Parente, Former President/CEO, St. Vincent Medical Center
  • William Piché, Chief Executive Officer, Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Debbie Scaife, RN, Administrator/Director, Patient Care Services, Southern Humbolt Community Healthcare District
  • Maureen Zehntner, Former Chief Executive Officer, University of California


  • Michael Erne, Executive Vice President/COO, Catholic Healthcare West
  • Thomas Harlan, President/Chief Administrative Officer, John Muir Medical Center
  • Dwayne Jones, CEO, Fairchild Medical Center
  • John Menaugh, CEO, Sutter Coast Hospital
  • Catherine Pelley, President, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center
  • James Yoshioka, President/CEO, Citrus Valley Health Partners


  • Tom May, President, Far West Division, HCA, Henderson, Nevada
  • Don Ammon, former President/CEO, Adventist Health, Roseville
  • Jerry Fikes, former CEO, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Fall River Mills


  • Peter K. Bryan, CEO, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield
  • Robert E. Chason, CEO, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Cheryl Fama, President/CEO, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco
  • George W. Graham, President/CEO, Torrance Medical Center
  • Walter W. Noce, President/CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Robert Sillen, Executive Director, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose


  • C. Thomas Collier, President/CEO, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Grass Valley
  • George W. Graham, President/CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center
  • Antonie H. Paap, President/CEO, Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland


  • Daniel F. Adams, President/CEO, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier
  • Joyce I. Gysin, Administrator, Surprise Valley Health Care District, Cedarville
  • Terrence A. Hansen, President/CEO, Paradise Valley Hospital/Adventist Health, National City
  • Terry G. Mack, CEO, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Stockton
  • Sister Ruth Marie Nickerson, CSC, President/CEO, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno
  • Robert C. Shaw, President/CEO, Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Thousand Oaks


  • Barbara B. Bamberg, R.N., M.P.A., CEO, Sonoma Valley Hospital
  • Michael Karpf, M.D., CEO, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Frank J. Puglisi, Jr., CEO, Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation, Martinez


  • Edward Bland, President/CEO, Healdsburg General Hospital, North Sonoma County Hospital District
  • Sumiyo E. Kastelic, Director, University of California San Diego Medical Center
  • Lawrence C. Long, CEO, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Truckee
  • Robert A. Moen, President/CEO, Emanuel Medical Center, Turlock
  • Frank Nachtman, Administrator, Marshall Hospital, Placerville
  • Herman J. Spencer, Administrator, Northern Inyo Hospital, Bishop


  • Michael N. Smith, Director, Health Care Services, San Joaquin County
  • R. Michael Barry, Administrator, Plumas District Hospital, Quincy


  • Douglas Bagley, Assistant Director, Operations, County of Los Angeles
  • Henry J. Buhrman, Chief Executive Officer, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae
  • Martin B. Buser, M.P.N., FACHE, Partner, Hospitalist Management Resources, San Diego
  • C. Larry Carr, President, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Bakersfield
  • Howard Classen, Chief Executive Officer, Natividad Medical Center, Salinas
  • Albert L. Greene, Chief Executive Officer,, Emeryville


  • James L. Ash, Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara
  • Frank Dupper, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Adventist Health, Roseville
  • Ames S. Early, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Scripps Health, La Jolla
  • Charles Jervis, Retired, Chief Executive Officer and Administrator, San Bernardino County Medical Center, San Bernardino
  • Frederick C. Meyer, Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Healthcare Systems, Pasadena
  • Michael G. Smart, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland
  • Jack Weiblen, Retired, Executive Vice President, Little Company of Mary Health Systems, Torrance


  • Jerry Bosworth, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, USC University Hospital, Los Angeles
  • Richard Butler, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Western Medical Centers, Santa Ana
  • Michael Costello, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Santa Teresita Hospital, Duarte
  • Dale Eazell, Ph.D., Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Colina, Inc., Pomona
  • Jay Hudson, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey
  • Robert Montgomery, Retired, President, Western Division, Sutter Health, Sacramento


  • Everett Beck, Retired, Administrator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Fall River Mills
  • Jerry Boyter, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Tulare District Hospital, Tulare
  • Donna Donald, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Modoc Medical Center, Alturas
  • Gerald Goldberg, Past Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Long Beach
  • Vincent F. Guinan, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • William T. Sparrow, Past Chief Executive Officer, CPC San Luis Rey Hospital, Encinitas


  • Kenneth E. Blake, Retired, Administrator, Beverly Hospital, Montebello
  • Arthur J. Faro, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Sequoia District Hospital, Redwood City
  • A. Roy Fleischman, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County-High Desert Hospital, Lancaster
  • Jack Hudock, Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer, Woodland Healthcare, Woodland
  • John S. McDonald, J.D., Retired, Administrator, Pioneer Hospital, Artesia
  • Allen W. Mathies, Jr., M.D., Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Healthcare Systems, Pasadena
  • James P. Sweeney, Retired, Executive Director, Enloe Hospital, Chico


  • Edward J. Foley, Retired, Regional Vice President, Past Administrator, Healthcare Association of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Robert C. Gates, Retired, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health, Services, Los Angeles
  • Robert E. Hanna, Retired, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Friendly Hills Regional Medical Center, La Habra


  • Stephen W. Gamble, Retired, President, Hospital Council of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Clarence Nixon, Retired, Director, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Livermore
  • David Reed, Retired, President, Saint Joseph Health System, Orange
  • Ronald Sackett, Retired, President, San Antonio Hospital, Upland
  • Jose A. Samartin, Retired, Administrator, Kaiser Foundation Mental Health Center, Los Angeles
  • Richard M. Warren, Retired, Chief Executive Officer and Administrator, Washington Hospital, Fremont


  • Lauren Blagg, Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scripps Memorial Hospitals, La Jolla
  • Robert W. Burwell, Retired, President, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona
  • Donald D. Hitt, Retired, President, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, Glendora
  • Richard E. Sandford, Retired, Administrator, Lodi Memorial Hospital, Lodi
  • James E. Sauer, Jr., Retired, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank
  • Samuel Sedell, Retired, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Acquisitions, UniHealth America, Burbank
  • Paul A. Teslow, Retired, President, UniHealth America, Burbank


  • Robert D. Hansen, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Community Hospital of Chula Vista, Chula Vista
  • Kenneth M. Kelley, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Roseville Community Hospital, Roseville
  • Peter W. Kriger, Retired, Chief Executive Officer, Saint Joseph Hospital, Eureka
  • Gerard A. Smith, Retired, Executive Vice President, National Medical Enterprises, Santa Monica


  • Ronald J. Davey, Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale
  • James C. Heidenreich, Retired, Administrator, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Bellflower
  • Sister Ann McGuinn, Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer, Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa
  • Russell B. Williams, Retired, Vice President and Regional Hospital Administrator, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Los Angeles


  • Sister Mary Lucille Desmond, President, Saint Mary Medical Center, Long Beach
  • Sister Mary Gabriel, O.P., President Emeritus, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton
  • Walter R. Hoefflin, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia
  • Rodney J. Lamb, Executive Vice President, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation, Santa Barbara
  • Samuel J. Tibbitts, Board Chair, UniHealth America, Burbank
  • Tom Tonkin, Chief Executive Officer, Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Monterey
  • Isadore Weinstein, Vice President, UniHealth American, Burbank


  • Richard P. Daniels, Chief Executive Officer, Sequoia Hospital District, Redwood City
  • James W. Knight, Chief Executive Officer, Santa Paula Hospital, Santa Paula


  • Dean Van Metre, Chief Executive Officer, Saint Rose Hospital, Hayward
  • Richard A. Grundy, Vice President, Mission Community Hospital, Mission Viejo
  • David L. Odell, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Hospitals, Los Angeles


  • W. Kevin Hegarty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena
  • John S. Trussler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Emanuel Medical Center, Turlock
  • William E. Smikahl, President, Fallbrook Hospital District, Fallbrook


  • Paul J. Drozd, Executive Director, Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Robert B. Swanson, Administrator, Seaside Hospital and Medical Clinic, Crescent City
  • Lawrence F. Heise, Administrator, Ukiah General Hospital, Ukiah
  • Joseph W. Cook, Administrator, Coronado Hospital, Coronado
  • Dean M. Crowder, Executive Vice President, San Diego Hospital Association, San Diego


  • Elizabeth Lee, Administrator, Mad River Hospital, Arcata
  • John Hayman, Administrator, Coalinga, District Hospital, Coalinga
  • Ray Grove, Administrator, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas
  • Henry B. Dunlap, Administrator, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Los Angeles
  • Neil Asay, Administrator, Riverside General Hospital, Riverside


  • R. Edwin Hawkins, Administrator, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View
  • W. Harlyn Robinson, Administrator, Modesto City Hospital, Modesto
  • James F. Bray, Administrator, Cabrillo Medical Center, San Diego

Joseph L. Zem, Saint Luke’s Hospital, San Francisco


  • Reverend Monsignor Timothy E. O’Brien, Director, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Francisco, San Francisco
  • Sister Mary Placida Conant, Administrator, Mercy Hospital, Bakersfield

Erwin J. Remboldt, President, Health Management Corporation of California, Los Angeles


  • Robert D. Burness, Jr., Executive Vice President, Mills Memorial Hospital, San Mateo
  • Louis Ziskind, Administrator, Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center, Los Angeles

Frank R. McDougall, President, Health Management Corporation of California, Los Angeles

Louis P. Funk, Administrator, Community Hospital of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa


  • Paul R. Hoff, Administrator, Medical Center Hospital, Oroville
  • George Wacker, Administrator, Brookside Hospital, San Pablo Orville N. Booth, Administrator, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco
  • John Pence, Administrator, Eastern Plumas District Hospital, Portola
  • Fred W. Moore, Administrator, Rideout Hospital, Marysville


  • Gordon R. Cumming, Director, Research and Development, California Hospital Association; Past Administrator, Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Gordon Gilbert, Administrator, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena
  • Eugene Erickson, Administrator, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Downey


  • Richard Blaisdell, Administrator, Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame
  • Arnold Intorf, Administrator, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Truckee


  • George U. Wood, Executive Vice President, Peralta Hospital, Oakland
  • Thomas P. Langdon, Administrator, Hahneman Hospital, San Francisco
  • Alfred E. Maffly, Administrator, Herrick Memorial Hospital, Berkeley
  • J.E. Smits, Regional Administrator, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Los Angeles


  • Walter Oliver, Administrator, Long Beach Community Hospital, Long Beach
  • Harold Hixson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Services, University of California, San Francisco

George J. Badenhausen, Administrator, Harriman Jones Medical Center, Long Beach

Howard H. Johnson, M.D.