Quarterly SOHLstice
September 2019
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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
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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

President's Message

Dear Colleagues,

As I near the end of my presidency, I am reflecting on the activities and events of the past nine months in our local community, on a national level, and abroad. The year has so far been marked by multiple significant earthquakes, gun violence, political turmoil, a devastating hurricane, a disease outbreak, and several major global protests. In a way, it doesn’t seem any different from past years, but each event creates new conversations, awakens dormant minds, and generates fresh ideas. Like many other organizations, SOHL leverages the current climate for educational purposes and develops programming in step with or just ahead of the hot topics. Our annual conference serves as a stellar example of such effort. For 10 consecutive years, SOHL has been bringing locally and nationally acclaimed speakers right to your door as part of the fall conference. This year is no exception. The planning committee has been working diligently on securing experts in the fields of crisis and emergency management to engage you in insightful conversations. I am excited to introduce to you the 11th annual conference, “Emergencies in Healthcare,” which will be held on October 25 at the Scripps Schaetzel Center in La Jolla. The speakers will bring various perspectives from the war zones, border health and safety, local emergencies, traumatic events, and disaster management, to name a few. A morning keynote will feature Robin Davis, MPA, CEM, CHPCP, Director of Disaster Management for Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, TX. Mr. Davis oversees disaster preparation, response and recovery for the 15-hospital system. He has coordinated responses for H1N1 virus, Ebola, Super Bowl 51, and Hurricane Harvey. Be sure to visit our website for additional information and a complete list of the day’s panelists.

Don’t miss an opportunity to register as seating is limited. SOHL will once again offer 4.5 ACHE face-to-face education credits.

While the end of October is just around the corner, SOHL is working on offering several other exciting and engaging local events that I encourage you to attend. Check out the calendar on http://sohl.ache.org/ for more details and to register.

Remember, as a SOHL member you have access to all ACHE has to offer. Don’t delay and take advantage of the webinars, educational materials, and networking opportunities that are available to you on the national level.

Once again, thank you for your engagement and support!

Dasha Dahdouh, MPH

SOHL Chapter President

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