Media Statement

Ongoing Protests of Emergency Regulations to Ensure Patient Safety Distract from the Mission at Hand: Care for All During the COVID-19 Crisis

“Following a protest Friday at Emanate Health in Covina that accuses hospitals of attempting to undermine California’s nurse-staffing ratio laws, it’s imperative that, for the second time this week, the record be corrected,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “Again, our state is in the middle of an unprecedented crisis that has claimed the lives of more 22,000 Californians, more than 8,600 of those in Los Angeles County alone.”

Overturning Affordable Care Act Would Have Devastating Consequences for Millions of Californians

The stakes have never been higher for the millions of Californians who rely on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for access to the vital health care services they and their loved ones count on every day. As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the future of the ACA, one point is clear: this momentous law has become part of the fabric of our entire health care system.

So many things we all count on could be upended if the ACA is overturned:

California Hospitals Applaud Gov. Newsom for Signing Legislation Expanding Role of Nurse Practitioners

“We applaud Gov. Newsom for signing into law AB 890 (Wood, D-Santa Rosa) — a bill that will expand access to health care, especially in rural communities,” said California Hospital Association President & CEO Carmela Coyle. “By allowing highly trained and certified nurse practitioners to provide primary care as they practice to the full extent of their training, more Californians will be able to get the care they need.”

California Hospitals Express Concern About Two PPE Bills Signed into Law by Gov. Newsom

“Unfortunately, in signing both bills about personal protective equipment supply, the Administration has created double jeopardy for hospitals — subjecting them to disparate requirements and penalties,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “But, as always, California’s hospitals stand ready to work together with others on the front lines of COVID to find meaningful, long-term solutions to increase the availability of appropriate personal protective equipment to keep patients and workers safe.”

Hospitals Provide Update on Resurgence Planning as COVID-19 Infection Rates Continue to Rise

Hospitals Provide Update on Resurgence Planning as COVID-19 Infection Rates Continue to Rise

WHEN:          Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 10 a.m.

WHERE:        Operator-Assisted Audio Press Conference

Dial-in: (855) 920-2730

Conference Call:  73026#

**CREDENTIALED MEDIA ONLY                  

WHAT:          Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association, will discuss hospital capacity (including staffing, PPE availability and more) as California hospitals respond to the surge in COVID-19 positive patients.

WHO:              Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association

WHY:              As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout California, hospitals remain on the front lines in caring for their communities. As hospitals respond to the surge in patients, it is critical that all stakeholders have a shared understanding of capacity, the challenges facing hospitals, and what these mean for fighting the trends that lie ahead.

California Hospital Association Mourns Passing of Former CEO C. Duane Dauner

California Hospital Association Mourns Passing of Former CEO C. Duane Dauner


“California’s hospitals have lost a true champion with the tragic and untimely passing of C. Duane Dauner,” said CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle. “For more than three decades, Duane steered California’s hospitals through some of the most pivotal moments in our state’s health care evolution.”

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