Who We Are

The California Hospital Association, representing more than 400 hospitals throughout California, advocates for better, more accessible health care for all Californians. CHA ensures that hospitals will continue to be able to provide exceptional care to patients and comprehensive health services to communities. Established in 1935, CHA provides information, resources, and perspective to state and federal policy makers to inform decisions that affect 40 million Californians.

CHA is a nonprofit, member-driven organization, led by a 40-plus member Board of Trustees composed of the leaders of California’s hospitals and health systems.

Board Officers

  • Carmela Coyle

    President & CEO, CAHHS-CHA

  • Sarah Krevans

    President/CEO, Sutter Health, Sacramento

  • Scott Reiner

    CEO, Adventist Health, Roseville

  • Todd A. Suntrapak

    President/CEO, Valley Children's Healthcare, Madera

  • Gary K. Wilde

    President/CEO, Community Memorial Health System, Ventura

Board Members

  • Brian Alexander

    CEO, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville

  • Joe Avelino, RN

    CEO, College Medical Center Long Beach, Long Beach

  • Elaine Batchlor, MD

    CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Los Angeles

  • Kavith Bhatia, MD

    President & Chair, Prime Healthcare Foundation; CMO of Strategy, Prime Healthcare, Ontario

  • Carolyn Caldwell

    President/CEO, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach

  • Edmundo Castañeda

    President, Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento

  • Philip A. Cohen

    CEO, Monterey Park Hospital, Monterey Park

  • Brian T. Cook

    President, Far West Division, Hospital Corporation of America, Henderson, NV

  • Robert “Rob” H. Curry

    President/CEO, Emanate Health, Covina

  • Adam Darvish

    Senior Vice President, Hospital Division – California, Kindred Healthcare, Westminster

  • Steven “Steve” L. Dietlin

    CEO, Tri-City Healthcare District, Oceanside

  • Susan Ehrlich, MD

    CEO, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

  • Tom Gammiere

    Corporate Sr. Vice President & Regional Chief Executive, Scripps Health South, San Diego

  • Michelle J. Gaskill-Hames, RN

    Senior Vice President, No. Calif. Health Plan Operations, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland

  • Diane Hansen

    President/CEO, Palomar Health, Escondido

  • Kerry L. Heinrich

    CEO, Loma Linda University Medical Center

  • Gary Honts

    CEO, JFK Memorial Hospital, Indio

  • Mary Jo Jacobson, PT

    CEO, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Fresno

  • Bernard Klein, MD

    Chief Executive, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills

  • Lawrence “Larry” E. Lewis

    CEO, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, Brawley

  • Patty Maysent

    CEO, UC San Diego Health, San Diego

  • Julie Miller-Phipps

    President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region, Pasadena

  • Lori Morgan, MD

    President/CEO Huntington Hospital, Pasadena

  • Siri Nelson

    CEO, Marshall Medical Center, Placerville

  • Thomas “Tom” M. Priselac

    President/CEO, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

  • René G. Santiago

    Deputy County Executive and Director, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, San Jose

  • Michael Sarian

    Trustee, Prime Healthcare Services Advisory Board, Ontario

  • Julie Sprengel

    President, Southwest Division, CommonSpirit Health, Glendale

  • Susan Taylor

    CEO, College Hospital Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa

  • Gustavo “Gus” Valdespino

    President/CEO, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys

  • 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

  • Erik G. Wexler

    President, Operations & Strategy, Providence South, Irvine

  • Mike Wiltermood

    President/CEO, Enloe Medical Center – Esplanade Campus, Chico

Board Advisors

  • Dimitrios Alexiou

    President & CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, San Diego

  • Bryan J. Bucklew

    President & CEO, Hospital Council – Northern & Central California, Sacramento

  • George W. Greene, Esq.

    President & CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California, Los Angeles

Board Officers

  • Carmela Coyle

    President & CEO, CAHHS-CHA

  • Sarah Krevans

    President/CEO, Sutter Health, Sacramento

  • Scott Reiner

    CEO, Adventist Health, Roseville

  • Todd A. Suntrapak

    President/CEO, Valley Children's Healthcare, Madera

  • Gary K. Wilde

    President/CEO, Community Memorial Health System, Ventura

Board Members

  • Kay Andalis, CAVS

    Supervisor, Volunteer Services, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa; Chair, CAHHS Directors' Coordinating Council

  • Elaine Batchlor, MD

    CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Los Angeles

  • Adam Darvish

    Senior Vice President, Hospital Division – California, Kindred Healthcare, Westminster

  • Pete Delgado

    President/CEO, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Salinas

  • Kerry L. Heinrich

    CEO, Loma Linda University Medical Center

  • Brett McClain

    Executive Vice President & COO, Sharp HealthCare, San Diego

  • Louis Peltier

    Volunteer, Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield; Chair, CAHHS Committee on Volunteer Services

  • Carmela Coyle

    President & CEO, CAHHS-CHA

  • Dietmar Grellmann

    Senior Vice President, Policy

  • Jennifer Newman

    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

  • Anne O’Rourke

    Senior Vice President, Federal Relations

  • Amber Ott

    Senior Vice President, Data Analytics

  • Julie Reppas

    Senior Vice President, Operations & Human Resources

  • Kathryn Austin Scott

    Senior Vice President, State Relations and Advocacy

  • David Simon

    Senior Vice President, Communications

  • BJ Bartleson, RN, MS, NEA-BC

    Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services

  • Gideon Baum

    Vice President, Public Policy

  • Rony Berdugo

    Legislative Advocate

  • Patricia Blaisdell, FACHE

    Vice President, Continuum of Care

  • Allison Bradley

    Director, Communications

  • Peggy Broussard Wheeler

    Vice President, Rural Health & Governance

  • Kiyomi Burchill

    Group Vice President, Policy

  • Tracy Campbell, APR

    Assistant Group Vice President, Communications

  • Carmela Coyle

    President & CEO, CAHHS-CHA

  • Andrea Daugherty

    Executive Director, CHPAC

  • Jan Emerson-Shea

    Vice President, External Affairs

  • Lisa Evans

    Vice President, Member Engagement

  • Jackie Garman

    Vice President, Legal Counsel

  • Delma Giroski

    Human Resources Manager

  • Barbara Glaser

    Senior Legislative Advocate

  • Trina Gonzalez

    Vice President, Policy

  • Dietmar Grellmann

    Senior Vice President, Policy

  • Ingrid Hamel

    Executive Assistant & Governance Administrator

  • Alex Hawthorne

    Vice President, State Relations & Advocacy

  • Megan Howard

    Vice President, Federal Policy

  • Sheree Lowe

    Vice President, Behavioral Health

  • Liz Mekjavich

    Vice President, Publishing & Education

  • Chad Mulvany

    Vice President, Federal Policy

  • Jennifer Newman

    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

  • Anne O’Rourke

    Senior Vice President, Federal Relations

  • Amber Ott

    Senior Vice President, Data Analytics

  • Julie Reppas

    Senior Vice President, Operations & Human Resources

  • Lois Richardson

    Vice President, Legal Counsel

  • Kathryn Austin Scott

    Senior Vice President, State Relations and Advocacy

  • Terry Sherb

    Chief Information Officer

  • David Simon

    Senior Vice President, Communications

  • Maria Sperber

    Legislative Advocate

  • Ryan Witz

    Vice President, Health Care Finance Initiatives

  • Justin Ziombra

    Vice President, Data Analytics

  • Center for Behavioral Health
  • Center for Post-Acute Care
  • Rural Healthcare Center
  • Case Management Committee
  • Certification & Licensing Committee
  • CNO Advisory Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Community Benefit Committee
  • Emergency Management Advisory Committee
  • EMS/Trauma Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • HLWI Advisory Group
  • Managed Care Committee
  • Medication Safety Committee
  • Workforce Committee