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Sarah Krevans Elected 2022 Chair of CHA Board of Trustees

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SACRAMENTO (December 8, 2021) — Sarah Krevans, President & CEO of Sutter Health, has been elected 2022 chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. Krevans, who has served in her current role since 2016, leads the health system’s 23 hospitals, 53,000 employees, and 14,000 affiliated clinicians along with outpatient services, research facilities, and home health and hospice care throughout Northern California.

Prior to serving as CEO, Krevans was Sutter’s chief operating officer, and regional executive officer and president of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. She also held executive roles at Kaiser Permanente and served as deputy director of Maine’s Bureau of Medical Services and acting director of Medicaid health planning and licensure programs. 

Krevans recently announced plans to retire from her CEO position at Sutter in January 2022, but she will continue to draw upon her deep health care expertise through her service on the CHA board through next year, along with continuing to serve Sutter in 2022 as CEO Emeritus. In her role as CHA chair, she will lead a 39-member board to advance policies that help ensure California hospitals can meet the needs of those they serve in all ways, including the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hospitals and health systems provide an invaluable safety net for California’s communities — some of the most diverse in the country — meeting critical needs within and beyond the walls of their facilities,” Krevans said. “I look forward to the opportunity to work on their behalf and advance the integral role they play across the state.”

Joining Krevans as CHA officers for 2022 are Chair-Elect Todd Suntrapak, President & CEO of Valley Children’s Healthcare in Madera, and Secretary-Treasurer Kerry Heinrich, incoming CEO of Adventist Health, headquartered in Roseville.                                  

“As hospitals and health systems across California continue to grapple with the devastating, and long-term, financial and workforce impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are fortunate to have a group of exceptional and innovative leaders to help us navigate these challenging times,” said CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle.

Other members of the 2022 CHA Board are:

  • Brian Alexander, CEO, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville
  • Richard “Dick” Allen, CEO, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, Palmdale* 
  • Joe Avelino, CEO, College Medical Center, Long Beach
  • Elaine Batchlor, M.D., CEO, MLK Community Healthcare, Los Angeles
  • Kavitha Bhatia, M.D., President & Chair, Prime Healthcare Foundation and CMO of Strategy, Prime Healthcare, Ontario
  • Janelle Blanco, Executive Director, United Hospital Association, La Cañada
  • Carolyn Caldwell, Hospital President & CEO, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach
  • Brian T. Cook, President, HCA Healthcare – Far West Division, Henderson, NV
  • Robert “Rob” Curry, President & CEO, Emanate Health, Covina
  • Steve Dietlin, CEO Tri-City Healthcare District, Oceanside
  • Susan Ehrlich, M.D., CEO, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco
  • David Entwistle, President & CEO, Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto*
  • Patrick Frias, M.D., President & CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego*
  • Tom Gammiere, Corporate SVP & Regional Chief Executive, South, Scripps Health, San Diego
  • Michelle Gaskill-Hames, SVP Hospital and Health Plan Operations – Northern California, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland
  • Diane Hansen, President & CEO, Palomar Health, Escondido
  • Chad Hickerson, CEO, Northern California Behavioral Health System, Santa Rosa*
  • Gary Honts, CEO, JFK Memorial Hospital, Indio
  • Christopher “Chris” Howard, President & CEO, Sharp HealthCare, San Diego*
  • James E.T. Jackson, CEO, Alameda Health System, Oakland*
  • Mary Jo Jacobson, CEO, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Fresno
  • Marcia Manker, Executive Vice President, MemorialCare Health and CEO, Orange Coast and Saddleback Memorial Medical Centers, Orange County*
  • Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health, San Diego
  • Julie Miller-Phipps, President, Southern California Region, Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena
  • Lori Morgan, M.D., President & CEO, Huntington Hospital, Pasadena
  • Siri Nelson, CEO, Marshall Medical Center, Placerville
  • Jorge Orozco, CEO, LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles*
  • JoDee Read, CEO, Plumas District Hospital, Quincy*
  • Julie Sprengel, Southern California Division President & CEO, Dignity Health Hospitals, Glendale*
  • Paul Viviano, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Louis Ward, CEO, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Fall River Mills  
  • Robert J. Wentz, President & CEO, Oroville Hospital, Oroville
  • Darlene Wetton, CEO, Temecula Valley Hospital, Temecula*
  • Erik Wexler, President, Operations and Strategy – South, Providence, Irvine
  • Mike Wiltermood, President & CEO, Enloe Medical Center, Chico

*Indicates new CHA board member for 2022

One of the largest health care trade associations in the nation, CHA represents more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California. The association advocates for patients and hospitals, promotes public health policy, and represents hospitals at the state and federal levels. CHA has offices in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.