President’s Message

Annual Meetings Offer Forum for Advocacy and Inspiration

Last week, along with more than 1,000 other hospital and health system leaders, I attended the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. As always, it was a tremendous opportunity to connect with my counterparts throughout the country and engage in meaningful discussions about advancing health care and navigating the many obstacles facing […]

Working to Ease Medical Debt Requirements

I hope you are all staying safe in the rainfall we’re experiencing and that you enjoyed a long holiday weekend celebrating President’s Day. As I reflect on past presidents and their impact, I thought the following quote was a fitting characterization of the obstacles experienced and the resilience our hospitals have demonstrated in the past […]

Southern California Weathers Storm; Safety-net Hospitals Terminated

Weathering the Storm Over the weekend and extending into this week, California encountered record-breaking rainfall, with numerous repercussions for our member hospitals. In fact, here in downtown Los Angeles, we witnessed a remarkable rainfall event, with a recorded precipitation of 4.10 inches. This figure surpasses the previous daily record for February 4, which was 2.55 […]

Welcoming Our 2024 Board Members

On Saturday, Jan. 20, I had the great pleasure of presiding over HASC’s 2024 board installation dinner. This annual event holds a special place in the heart of HASC tradition, and I always appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge both our past and future hospital leadership. As we face yet another challenging year, I was heartened […]

Setting the Record Straight on Rising Health Care Costs

Happy 2024! I hope and trust that you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. As the year begins, I’d like to share an example of how, on top of financial and operational struggles, hospitals are also facing challenges to their public image. In a December 11, 2023, Orange County Register column, “What’s Driving Up Healthcare […]

A Season of Gratitude and Anticipation

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ​​​​— William Arthur Ward With the Thanksgiving holiday in our rear view, and our attention shifted. towards the upcoming holidays and new year, we find ourselves in a moment of reflection and gratitude. The holidays provide a […]

Financial Challenges Threaten Safety Net Hospitals

An article recently published in the Los Angeles Times, “MLK Community Hospital Faces Financial Struggles,” sheds light on the increasingly challenging circumstances that our hospitals have grappled with over the past few years. With one in five hospitals at risk of closure, MLK Community Hospital is just one of many facing the dire prospect of […]

Supplier Diversity Initiative Aims to Advance Health Equity

HASC is committed to fostering a health care environment that mirrors the diverse communities we serve. To that end, I’m excited to share about a pivotal initiative that promises to advance health equity in Southern California. Our recent endeavor, the Hospital Supplier Diversity initiative, is a significant stride towards achieving this vision. Health disparities persist, […]

Panel Highlights Post-pandemic Challenges for Hospitals

Last week, I had the privilege of serving as a panelist at the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference. This event is dedicated to forging connections between health policy and the practical world of politics. I was part of an engaging session titled State of Today’s Healthcare System in the Region. It […]

Supplier Diversity Initiative Aims to Advance Health Equity

I hope this message finds you all in good health and that you’ve been enjoying a wonderful summer so far. As you know, this past weekend brought very unusual weather to our typically sunny SoCal region. We encountered an unexpected deluge from Tropical Storm Hilary, along with a 5.1 earthquake centered in Ojai. These occurrences […]