Quarterly SOHLstice
July 2021
In This Issue
ACHE Regent's Message
President's Message: A Time for Gratitude and Celebration
SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL
Future Healthcare Leaders: Recognizing our Graduates
Q2 2021 National News
How Providers Can Continue to Support Mental Health Services Post-Pandemic
Leading Growth in Lean Times
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Chapter Officers

Executive Board

Regent (California - Southern)
Harry C. Sax, , MD, FACHE, FACS
Cedars Sinai Medical Center


Nora Bota
County of San Diego


Immediate Past Co-Presidents
Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego

Darrell Atkin

Johan Otter
Scripps Health


President Elect
Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor Consulting

Sarah Norwood
Tech Coast Angels San Diego

James Revels
UC San Diego Health


Peter Chu
UC San Diego Health

Board of Directors

Debbie Jacobs

Aubrianna Schumacher
UC San Diego Health Physician Group

Jack Hallmark

Lydia Isabel Napa
UC San Diego Health

Marketing and Communications
Ana Victoria Ramirez
Sharp Coronado Hospital

Sean Olmo
Scripps Health

Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC

Gary Fybel
FMG Leading

Career Development
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Sarah Guerard
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Subcommittee Members

Diversity Council
Kelly Price Noble
University of Phoenix

Imperial County Liaison

Allied Healthcare Professional Council
County: Nora Bota, County of San Diego

Military: LT Jac Thomas

VA: Sarah Guerard, VA San Diego Healthcare System

Community Health: TBD

Volunteer Coordinator
Kristine Ortwine
Integrated Health Partners

Annual Conference
Peter Chu
UC San Diego Health

Johan Otter
Scripps Health


Mike De Castro
ECG Management Consultants

Social Media
Lilly Najera
County of San Diego

Website Manager
Jeffrey Jimenez
County of San Diego

Marketing Volunteer
Susan Stone
Sharp HealthCare

Maureen Malone


Executive Program
Celerina Cornett
UC San Diego Extension

Jack Hallmark

Advancement Study Group
Carol Cannizzo
County of San Diego


Early Careerists
Jennifer Reyes
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton

Thuy Do

Britney Seidemann


Graduate Program Council, National University
Negin Iranfar

Joy De Dios


Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego
Robert Kaplan

Justin Sigmund

Michael Chan

Graduate Program Council, University of Phoenix
Kelly Price Noble
University of Phoenix

College Bowl
Negin Iranfar
National University

Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West

Jared Vogt
Rady Children's Hospital

Trish Daly
Daly Consulting Solutions

SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update

SOHL is enjoying a strong start to the first half of 2021. The number of virtual events and programs have been well balanced and ranged from networking events to vital discussions on topics affecting the national landscape, including equity of care and how technology is impacting healthcare. Following are summaries of recent events that reflect SOHL’s delivery of educational and quality content for healthcare leaders.

A Conversation: Improving Patient Experience and Quality Care for Diverse Populations

April 6, 2021

In early April, SOHL held its first face-to-face credit event of the year, a panel discussion titled, “A Conversation: Improving Patient Experience and Quality Care for Diverse Populations.” Given the events of the past year and the nationwide conversations around diverse, equity, and inclusion (DEI) increasing, our DEI committee set out to develop a program that would provide SOHL members and other attendees with tangible takeaways on how to be more equitably minded healthcare leaders.

The panel consisted of Jeff Gering, SVP, Support Services, Family Health Centers of San Diego; Joe Avelino, CEO, College Medical Center; Nathan Aish, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; and Shawishi Haynes, Director of Revenue Cycle, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, with Kelly Price Noble serving as moderator.

Kelly began the conversation by introducing the concept of trust and its importance when approaching diversity, equity, and inclusion and delivering quality healthcare. From there, the panel discussion began, first with each participant defining what diversity meant to them and within their respective organizations, and how they ensure they deliver equitable and inclusive care to their patient populations. Next, the conversation turned toward empathy and its role in DEI work. Next, the speakers explored next steps and what healthcare administration professionals can do to incorporate DEI efforts in their own work. Finally, the event concluded with a thoughtful Q&A session with the attendees.

Graduate Student Council (GSC) Networking 101

April 16, 2021

SOHL GSC hosted the introductory "Networking 101" event for students and members in early April. Networking 101 is a monthly workshop that provides opportunities to help individuals connect with key contacts through professional skills assessments, personal branding development, and networking engagement. GSC is a peer-led, student volunteer group with many working professionals who have much to offer. We will continue to share and build meaningful professional connections through the Networking 101 mini-workshops, which will culminate with premier events with additional SOHL board members and others. We are excited to host the next event in the series on Saturday, June 5th! If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact us at SOHL.gsc@gmail.com.

Advancement to Fellow Study Group

This Spring, SOHL partnered with our Northern California colleagues, the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), to launch the first collaborative virtual Board of Governors test prep series.  With almost 50 registered participants, the collaboration has been quite a success! 

The series consisted of five sessions that covered the exam’s 10 knowledge areas, utilizing both voice-over PowerPoints and other presentations, with an emphasis on test taking techniques. Registered attendees received the materials prior to the sessions and were also able to access each recorded session shortly after the event. The sessions were very engaging and utilized sample quiz questions through an application called QuizLet. Additionally, subject matter experts assisted the attendees through a “brainwalk” where sample test questions were deconstructed to identify to the best answer. 

Stayed tuned on the SOHL website for more virtual and collaborative programs in the future.

Lunch and Learn & Networking Event - Disruptive Innovation: Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Helping Healthcare

May 25, 2021

SOHL members and guests advanced their knowledge with insights into how technology is being leveraged to advance healthcare. Two top healthcare leaders from IBM Services provided participants with key concepts and services regarding data mining.

The program was moderated by Marco Hernandez, Services Client Executive. His focus is on healthcare and life sciences for Southern California organizations. Marco has worked at IBM for over 20 years in various technology-focused roles. Marco was joined by his colleague John Chaves, WW Data and AI Technical Specialist, who is an IBM Analytic Solutions Architect with over 20 years of experience in the architecture, design, and implementation of analytical systems. Both professionals provided an overview of how artificial intelligence (AI) for healthcare is changing healthcare and how it is improving care quality and population health outcomes, while reducing costs. They discussed what optimization can do for the healthcare industry and presented case examples of AI and the benefits garnered. After the Q&A session, participants went to breakout rooms for networking opportunities. Similar to past networking events, participants received a follow up survey to provide feedback for future event planning and, received an attendee contact list to keep in touch with event participants and grow their networks.


More SOHL events and programs are in the works for the next quarter, so be on the lookout for more Save the Date emails, and check the Events section of SOHL’s website regularly for more information!

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