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, California Hospital Association, Sacramento

  • Kerry L. Heinrich

    CEO, Adventist Health, Roseville

  • Sarah Krevans

    CEO Emeritus, Sutter Health, Sacramento

  • Todd Suntrapak

    President & CEO, Valley Children's Healthcare, Madera

Board Members

  • Brian Alexander

    CEO, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville

  • Richard “Dick” Allen

    CEO, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, Palmdale

  • Joe Avelino, RN

    CEO, College Medical Center Long Beach, Long Beach

  • Elaine Batchlor, MD

    CEO, MLK Community Healthcare, Los Angeles

  • Kavith Bhatia, MD

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

  • Janelle Blanco

    Executive Director, United Hospital Association

  • Carolyn Caldwell

    Hospital President & CEO, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach

  • Brian T. Cook

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

  • Robert “Rob” H. Curry

    President & CEO, Emanate Health, Covina

  • Steven “Steve” L. Dietlin

    CEO, Tri-City Healthcare District, Oceanside

  • Susan Ehrlich, MD

    CEO, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

  • David Entwistle

    President & CEO, Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto

  • Patrick Frias, MD

    President & CEO, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego

  • 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

  • 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, PT

    CEO, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Fresno

  • Marcia Manker

    CEO, MemorialCare Saddleback & Orange Coast Medical Centers

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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, California Hospital Association, Sacramento

  • Kerry L. Heinrich

    CEO, Adventist Health, Roseville

  • Sarah Krevans

    CEO Emeritus, Sutter Health, Sacramento

  • Todd Suntrapak

    President & CEO, Valley Children's Healthcare, Madera

Board Members

  • Kay Andalis, CAVS

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

  • Elaine Batchlor, MD

    CEO, MLK Community Healthcare, Los Angeles

  • Pete Delgado

    President & CEO, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Salinas

  • 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, California Hospital Association, Sacramento

  • 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

  • Kirsten Barlow

    Vice President, Policy

  • Gideon Baum

    Vice President, Policy

  • Rony Berdugo

    Legislative Advocate

  • Patricia Blaisdell, FACHE

    Vice President, Policy

  • Allison Bradley

    Director, Communications

  • Peggy Broussard Wheeler

    Vice President, Policy

  • Kiyomi Burchill

    Group Vice President, Policy

  • Tracy Campbell, APR

    Assistant Group Vice President, Communications

  • Carmela Coyle

    President & CEO, California Hospital Association, Sacramento

  • 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, Policy

  • 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

  • David Simon

    Senior Vice President, Communications

  • Maria Sperber

    Legislative Advocate

  • Ryan Witz

    Group Vice President, Policy

  • 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