Association News

Association News includes the leadership developments, legislative initiatives and changes, ideas and commentary pertinent to our members. It keeps you ahead of what’s happening and demonstrates the true value of your membership—relationships, representation and advocacy.

In the Spotlight: Michael Marelli

Mike Marelli is vice president, business customer service for Southern California Edison, the wide-ranging utility that provides service to 14 million people across 50,000 square miles and 12 counties.  Marelli oversees SCE’s relationships with its major industrial, commercial government and health care customers. Hospitals are an important customer category — they are the most energy-intensive health care facility type, utilizing close […]

In the Spotlight: Stanley K. Frencher, Jr., MD

Dr. Stanley Frencher, Jr. is medical director of surgical outcomes and quality at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and lead physician, urology at Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center. He is also assistant professor-in-residence at UCLA’s Department of Urology — and an active medical researcher with close to two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals.  This interview […]

Accurate Background named HASC, Hospital Council Exclusive Endorsed Provider for Employment Screening

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26, 2020 — The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and Hospital Council – Northern & Central California (Hospital Council) have exclusively endorsed Accurate Background, an Irvine, CA-based leading provider of compliant background checks, drug and health screening and Form I-9 verifications, for employment screening services. The endorsement provides member hospitals with a comprehensive […]

State Sen. Holly Mitchell Shares Questfor Better Outcomes for Black Moms, Babies

HASC’s Communities Lifting Communities and the Public Health Alliance of Southern California hosted a unique virtual workshop on birth inequities in the Black community on July 24. The event was part of Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies, a collaborative aimed at reducing Black infant deaths and improving patient experiences and safety among Black moms and birthing people in South […]

In the Spotlight: Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor is President/CEO at College Hospital Costa Mesa, a 122-bed privately-owned facility. Of that total, 104 are locked, LPS-designated psychiatric care beds. Early this year, College Hospital became the latest of a handful of Southern California locations to open a Crisis Stabilization Unit. Across the region, only about half a dozen county-funded units are open. More are needed — to care for […]

Report Released: Creating Dramatic Public Health Gains Through Innovative Community Investment

HASC and its Communities Lifting Communities initiative with the Public Health Alliance of Southern California today released a landmark report outlining how multi-sector partnerships with public health, hospitals and health systems, community development and other sectors can marshal resources to significantly improve the health of neighborhoods and communities. “Our health care system has mostly focused on treating diseases rather than preventing people from getting […]

Centering Black Women’s Leadership and Experiences

Op-ed by Dana Sherrod, MPH Last week, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations, advocates, and policymakers across the nation were virtually celebrating the third-annual Black Maternal Health Week (April 11–17) and deepening the conversation about black maternal health in the U.S. While progress has been made, data shows that black mothers and their babies disproportionately experience […]

A New Option for COVID-19 Staffing Needs

To support hospitals’ staffing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, HASC is pleased to announce our partnership with AMN Healthcare to offer a rapid staffing network solution called Medefis.  Medefis is a vendor management system that comes with a pre-vetted network of nursing, respiratory, and physician contingent personnel. Information on this technology portal is included in the attached flier. Medefis streamlines […]

On Coronavirus, United to Support Hospitals at Every Level

In the past week, the extent of novel coronavirus in our state and across the country has become more clear, and more sobering. As with many public health issues, this one is both highly complicated and rapidly evolving. Responding quickly to daily information updates from federal and state officials, hospitals statewide have mobilized to care […]

Common Sense Meeting Practices Checklist

As concern over the spread of coronavirus increases, we at HASC would like to ensure that we do our part to exercise the best prevention practices and enable you to do what you do best – care for patients. As a result, we are thinking differently about in-person meetings or events where there are alternatives, […]