News Release

Monterey Peninsula Hospital CEO Elected Board Chair of California Hospital Association
Steven Packer, M.D. Leads Hospital Trade Association in 2012

SACRAMENTO (February 8, 2012 ) – Steven Packer, M.D., president/CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, has been elected 2012 chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. 

“2012 is going to be a challenging year for health care leaders as we await the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of health care reform and grapple with ongoing payment cuts from the Medicare and Medi-Cal programs,” Dr. Packer says.  “I’m honored to lead such a well-regarded association as CHA as we navigate these turbulent times.”

A native of San Diego, Dr. Packer earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from UC Irvine and is a graduate of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.  He also completed post-graduate training in internal medicine at UCSF, followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Prior to moving into hospital administration, Dr. Packer was a partner in a cardiopulmonary  practice on the Monterey Peninsula.  He also is a former chief of staff at CHOMP and spent 11 years serving as the hospital’s medical director for its Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Packer also is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, offered by Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

As both a CEO and a physician, Dr. Packer brings a unique perspective to one of the most important issues facing hospitals today – improving the quality and safety of care delivered to patients.                                    

“The hospital community is comprised of individuals who, without exception, want to provide the highest quality and safest care possible,” he says.  “The challenge for our industry is to continue to engineer the safest possible care processes and do so in a timely, consistent and sustainable way.”

Dr. Packer is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American College of Physician Executives.  He also is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a Distinguished Fellow of California State University, Monterey Bay.

In addition to his professional duties, Dr. Packer also is active in his community, serving on the boards of MoReHealth, the California Healthcare Insurance Company and the VHA West Coast.  

CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner called Dr. Packer “an exceptional choice” to serve as CHA’s Board Chair during the coming year.

“California’s community hospitals will be well-served by having Steve Packer guide our association in 2012,” Dauner said.  “Steve’s dual roles as a CEO and a physician will make him an effective advocate with state and federal policymakers on behalf of hospitals and the patients who receive care.”

Other officers elected to the CHA Board of Trustees for 2012 are Chair-Elect Roger E. Seaver, president/CEO, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia (Los Angeles County); Secretary-Treasurer Mark Laret, president/CEO of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center; and Past Chair Ronald C. Werft, president/CEO of Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara.

As one of the largest health care trade associations in the nation, CHA represents more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California.  The association provides its members with public policy development, issues management and legislative advocacy services at the state and federal levels.  CHA has offices in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.