Quarterly SOHLstice
June 2019
In This Issue
SOHL Programs: Recent and Upcoming Events
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL!
National News Q2 2019
Becoming a Visionary Leader at Any Organizational Level
Hospitals Must Focus on Scale to Combat New Competitors
Special Thanks to Our Platinum and Gold Sponsors
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Chapter Officers

Executive Board

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


Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego


President Elect
Edwin Kofler
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Immediate Past President
Darrell Atkin
TruthPoint / Darrell Atkin & Associates

Spshelle Rutledge 
National University

Amy Kasahara 
UC San Diego Health

Michael Sokolowski


Board of Directors

Allison Noel
ECG Management Consultants

Aubrianna Butler

Jared Vogt
Rady Children’s Hospital

Nora Bota
County of San Diego

Michelle Martin
Casa Palmera Treatment Center

Melinda Hudson
UC San Diego Health

Career Development
Andrea Gonzalez
Scripps Health

Volunteer Coordinator
Vicki Shumulinsky
West Health

Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC

Howard Salmon

Imperial County Liaison
Kathleen Lang


Subcommittee Members

Diversity Council
Chisun Chun
Rady Children's Hospital

Melody Schiaffino
San Diego State University

Allied Healthcare Professional Council
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Nora Bota
County of San Diego

Shawn Amirhoushmand
Generations Healthcare-Friendship Manor Nursing

Yameeka Jones
Vibra Hospital of San Diego

Sarah Gerard
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Annual Conference
Johan Otter
Scripps Health

Kristine Ortwine

Mike De Castro
ECG Management Consultants

Social Media
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Sarah Gerard
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Executive Program
Celerina Cornett

Jack Hallmark

Advancement Study Group
Jose PonCevega
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Andrea Gonzalez
Scripps Health

Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton

Student Liaison, San Diego State University
Sarah Norwood
Britney Prince

Graduate Program Council, National University
Negin Iranfar

Student Liaison, National University
Norelis Dyshkant
Myreen Piazza

Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego

Student Liaison, UC San Diego
Justin Sigmund
Rene Lopez


College Bowl
Peggy Ranke
National University

Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West

Aaron Byzak
Galvanized Strategies

Nia Price

Website Manager
Carol Cannizzo
IKOR International

SOHL Programs: Recent and Upcoming Events

May 16, 2019: The San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) partnered with UC San Diego Health to host the Access to Opioid Treatment program at the San Diego Public Library, Shiley Special Event Suite. Over 30 participants were in attendance to increase awareness throughout the community about access to opioid treatment options.

Presenters and SOHL members and sponsors from Catalyst, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and UC San Diego Health, are pictured below.



June 25, 2019: Join SOHL for the Leading a Culture of Patient Safety program at the Sharp HealthCare Spectrum Auditorium from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Earn 1.5 hours of Qualified Education Credits and learn from local experts in the field about patient safety reform in assisted living, how professionals raised in different cultures affect patient safety, the pros and cons of respecting authority, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Leading for Safety initiative.


Christopher D. Howard, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sharp HealthCare

Aaron Byzak, MBA, FACHE
Chief External Affairs Officer
Tri-City Medical Center

Jerry Kolins, MD, FACHE
Medical Director, Laboratories
Palomar Health

Register today!

July 28, 2019: Join SOHL for the 2019 Live Well San Diego 5k and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run at the County Administration Center Waterfront Park. Now in its 6th year, the Live Well San Diego 5K and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run will bring thousands of San Diegans together in support of a healthy, safe, and thriving San Diego County. This year’s event will celebrate the hero in all of us with a superhero-themed race and family-friendly activities throughout the morning. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join the event.

Register today and search for “SOHL Heroes” when selecting to join a team.  Please remember to save your registration confirmation email from San Diego Blood Bank as this will contain the personalized barcode to receive your packet/shirt. Please contact Nora Bota at norambota@gmail.com with any questions about the event or registration.

Save the Date for Future Events this Summer:  

July 30, 2019:

Ethics in Behavioral Health program

August 2019:

SOHL and Healthcare Executives of Southern California (HCE-SoCal) Joint Networking event

SOHL Executive Program Kick-off Event

SOHL Program Questions: Please contact SOHL Program Co-Chairs, Nora Bota at norambota@gmail.com and Jared Vogt at jvogt@rchsd.org for further details and questions about SOHL Programs.  

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