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Fall 2018
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President's Message
Message from Our ACHE Regent
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL!
The 10th Annual SOHL Conference - Facing the Drug Crisis: Politics, Costs, Consequences and Solutions
National News Q3 2018
Increase in Healthcare M&A Activity Continues in 2018
IHI Publishes Guide for Providing Safe Home Healthcare
Activation and Transition Planning is Key to a Successful Move
Disasters and Healthcare: Are you Ready?
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Chapter Officers

Officers


Regent (California - Southern)
Ellen Zaman, FACHE
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

 

President
Darrell Atkin
Darrell Atkin Associates

 

President Elect
Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children’s Hospital / County of San Diego

 

Immediate Past President
Nia Price
California Baptist University


Secretary
Spshelle Rutledge 
National University


Co-Treasurer
Amy Kasahara 
UC San Diego Health

 

Co-Treasurer
Howard Salmon
nThrive

 

Board of Directors


Membership Co-Chair
Angela Rivera
CTG HealthCare Solutions


Membership Co-Chair
Allison Noel
ECG Management Consultants


Programs Co-Chair
Jared Vogt
Rady Children’s Hospital


Programs Co-Chair
Jennifer Arevalo
Retrophin


Marketing Co-Chair
Shawn Amirhoushmand
Generations Healthcare-Friendship Manor Nursing


Marketing Co-Chair
Michelle Martin
Casa Palmera Treatment Center


Career Development Co-Chair
Andrea Gonzalez
Scripps Health


Career Development Co-Chair
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Volunteer Coordinator
Vicki Shumulinsky
West Health


Sponsorship
Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC


Imperial County Liaison
Shiloh Williams
El Centro Regional Medical Center


Military Liaison
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego


VA Liaison
Sara Bass
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Subcommittee Members


Diversity Council
Melody Schiaffino
San Diego State University


Annual Conference
Johan Otter
Scripps Health


Annual Conference
Michael Van Gorder
Rady Children’s Hospital


Newsletter
Michael De Castro
ECG Management Consultants


Social Media
Alice Dang
Scripps Health


Mentoring
Sarah Bass
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Mentoring
Ada Clark
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Early Careerist Network
Melinda Hudson
UC San Diego Health


Early Careerist Network
Amy Shackleford
UC San Diego


Executive Program
Steve Martin
TRICARE Regional Office


Executive Program
Nora Bota
County of San Diego


Advancement Study Group
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego


Advancement Study Group
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton
San Diego State University


Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego
Robert Kaplan
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Graduate Program Council, National University
Peggy Ranke
National University


Student Liaison, San Diego State University
Sarah Norwood


Student Liaison, UC San Diego
Celerina Cornett


Student Liaison, National University
Aubrianna Butler


Graduate Student Initiative, San Diego State University
Caitlin Cole

 

College Bowl
Peggy Ranke
National University


Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West


Members-At-Large
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Aaron Byzak
Galvanized Strategies

Chisun Chun
Rady Children's Hospital


Legal Counsel
David Balfour
DiCaro, Coppo & Popcke


Website Manager
Carol Cannizzo
IKOR International

President's Message

In my 20+ years in healthcare, I would always look forward to this time of year for two reasons. The first, and probably most obvious was getting the kids back to school and restoring a sense of order after a summer of beach visits, baseball tournaments, cook-outs, family visits, and the things that make living in San Diego great. The second reason was the approach of what I would call “Conference Season.”

Working in early stage and innovative healthcare technology organizations, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at a variety of excellent conferences around the country sponsored by organizations like ANCC Magnet, Planetree, the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI—which was my personal favorite), and more.  Additionally, there are high-quality industry events relating to IT and digital health, patient experience, medical associations, and scientific sessions focusing on new and better treatments for disease and conditions.

However, one need not look any further than San Diego this fall for a truly exceptional conference experience. On October 26 at the Schaetzel Center on the campus of Scripps La Jolla, SOHL is pleased to present our 10th Annual Conference, “Facing the Drug Crisis: Politics, Costs, Consequences and Solutions.”

Our conference committee has built a compendium of nationally recognized speakers from government, healthcare, public health, law enforcement, pharma and advocacy to share their insights about America’s drug crisis. Keynote speakers include:

  • The Honorable Mary Bono – Former U.S. congresswoman from California, Principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, co-founder of the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP).
  • Roneet Lev, MD FACEP – Chief, Emergency Department Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Chair, San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, President, Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium.
  • Sherrie Rubin – Parent advocate, founder of Hope2gether Foundation (dedicated to reducing and preventing prescription drug addiction, overdoses and deaths).
  • U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (D) – Represents California’s 52nd Congressional District, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (advocates for investment in basic scientific research and commonsense healthcare reforms).

In addition to conference keynotes, expert panels will cover key topics including key issues in addressing costs both in human terms and costs to consumers; the role of pharmacy in addressing the crisis; plus a look to creative solutions in the future. SOHL is pleased to offer conference attendees 4.5 ACHE Face-to-Face credits and 12 ACHE CEUs.

Seating for this event is limited an we expect available seating to sell out in advance of the conference so please register quickly: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-sohl-conference-tickets-49074641574.

Additionally, our colleagues at the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial County (HASD&IC) are hosting their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, at Hotel Estancia La Jolla (www.hasdic.org).  They too will be exploring key topics including behavioral health and addressing health disparities. The meeting will also feature what should be an excellent keynote on “SuperHero” leadership from Brett Culp.

I would highly encourage SOHL members to take advantage of these high-quality events while being able to “keep it local.”

Finally, as we approach our 2019 program year, we are always looking for motivated and committed volunteers. Regardless of your interest or experience, I encourage SOHL members to contact me directly to discover more about how to get involved with SOHL—a fast moving and innovative chapter of ACHE striving to advance the careers of healthcare professionals.

 

Darrell Atkin

Chapter President

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