Quarterly SOHLstice
September 2019
In This Issue
President's Message
SOHL Programs: Quarterly Updates
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL!
FACHE® Recertification: It's Never Too Late to Begin Planning
Postgraduate Fellowships: Creating Future Leaders
Community Forums Enhance Members’ Experience
Healthcare Consultants Forum Member Directory: Connecting Executives to Consultants
Local Prep Course Offered for the BOG Exam
ACHE Joins a Partnership Focused on Improving Diagnostic Quality and Safety
Planning for the Continuation of Your Career
U.S. Medical Students Choosing Primary Care Specialties in an Eight-Year Decline
Improved Communication Leads to Higher Patient Outcomes, Lower Readmission Rates
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: Quarterly Updates

June 25, 2019 - Leading a Culture of Patient Safety:

Over 55 participants were in attendance and pledged to support the  American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Leading for Safety initiative at SOHL’s Leading a Culture of Patient Safety Program. Christopher D. Howard, President and CEO of Sharp HealthCare, provided opening remarks, and Aaron Byzak, Chief External Affairs Officer of Tri-City Medical Center, and Jerry Kolins, Medical Director of Palomar Health Laboratories, followed with a presentation on patient safety reform in assisted living, how professionals raised in different cultures affect patient safety, and the pros and cons of respecting authority.  

A special thank you to Sharp HealthCare for sponsoring SOHL and hosting the program at their facility. Presenters and SOHL members in attendance are pictured below.



July 28, 2019 – Live Well San Diego 5k and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run:

The “SOHL Heroes” Team joined thousands in the Live Well San Diego 5k and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run at the County Administration Center Waterfront Park. The event brought thousands of San Diegans together in support of a healthy, safe, and thriving San Diego County.

A special thank you to the SOHL Heroes Team for donating or attending the event: Moyosore Buari, Amanda O’Neal Brummitt, Brett Brummitt, Carol Cannizzo, Jeff Jimenez, Angela Fang, James Beers, and Nora Bota.


July 30, 2019 – Illegal and Unethical Practices in Addiction Care:

SOHL held the Illegal and Unethical Practices in Addiction Care in partnership with its sponsor, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Over 20 participants were in attendance to hear from Bob Poznanovich, VP of Business Development for Hazelden Betty Ford. Attendees participated in an open discussion about ethical practices and consumer protection in addition treatment.    

A special thank you to the SOHL sponsors, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for providing the presentation and AMN Healthcare for providing the facility. Attendees are pictured below.


August 14, 2019 – SOHL Executive Program Kick-Off Event:

Chris Van Gorder, President and CEO of Scripps Health, kicked-off the 2019 SOHL Executive Program with a presentation on Effecting Change through Front-Line Leadership. This year’s SOHL Executive Program consists of approximately 25 participants who are eager to learn from C-level healthcare professionals in San Diego County on a variety of topics (e.g., leadership, public health, healthcare management, informatics, policy, and organizational efficiency). The program prepares the next generation of senior executives who will guide their organization and significantly impact the future of healthcare.

A special thank you to SOHL’s sponsor, Scripps Health, for providing the presentation and hosting the event at their facility. Pictured below is the 2019 SOHL Executive Program Cohort with guest speaker, Chris Van Gorder, and Executive Program Co-Chairs, Andrea Gonzalez and Celerina Cornett.  

August 28, 2019 – Bridging the Healthcare Gap: Improving the Quality and Diversity of Patient-Centered Care:

SOHL members heard from various speakers, including Dr. Ross Colt, PACE Medical Director, Carla Holland, Director of the Small Business Development Center, and Virna Little, COO of Concert Health, on healthcare matters to increase the delivery and quality of patient-centered care.

A special thank you to Kelly Price Noble and SOHL sponsor, University of Phoenix, for organizing the event.


September 10, 2019 – CEO Rounds – CAPT Spencer T. Schoen, First Medical Battalion Camp Pendleton:

Over 40 participants joined SOHL for CAPT Spencer T. Schoen’s discussion of his role as Commander of the First Medical Battalion and how that relates to a CEO of a civilian organization. The participants were guided through a tour of the Shock Trauma Platoon and Forward Resuscitative Surgery Support. 

A special thank you to Mark Campbell for his assistance and coordination, along with Jared Vogt, to provide this unique opportunity to the SOHL members. Pictures from the event are included below.

September 19-20, 2019 - California Health IT Summit:

Join top executives, physicians, practice management, and IT decision makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices in Los Angeles, CA for a two- day executive Health IT Summit. Speakers will discuss a wide range of issues, topics, and latest strategies, including data security, population health, data analytics, accountable care, telemedicine, and more. This exclusive, high-level program is a great opportunity to stay ahead of the challenges we all face and to network with other healthcare leaders and colleagues. Learn more and see the full agenda.

Register today!

September 26, 2019 – CareerEDGE & You: Mapping Your Career for Success:

Have you ever completed a gap analysis between the skills and expertise you offer and what the healthcare marketplace needs? CareerEDGE is an exclusive ACHE member benefit designed to help you identify the gaps you need to hone your skill set and help you advance as a healthcare leader. We invite you to join SOHL and our two featured speakers, Rachel Gregoire from the ACHE Career Resource Center and Melinda Hudson from our own SOHL Board, as we share best practices for maximizing your use of this free career management tool to build your competitive edge, click here for more information.

Register today!

September 28, 2019 – Graduate Student Council Student Member Happy Hour:

The Graduate Student Council is hosting a SOHL Student Member Happy Hour on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106. At this event, attendees will be provided with a list of internship opportunities throughout San Diego County. This will be a great opportunity to converse with other graduate students who are currently completing their internship and to hear all the exciting skills and projects they are working on and share experiences.

Register today!

Other Upcoming Events:  

October 25, 2019: SOHL Annual Conference (Face to Face Credits available)

November 2019: Operations Management and Efficiency (Face to Face Credits may be available)

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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