In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight: Felita Jones, EdD

The National Health Foundation (NHF) welcomed Felita Jones, EdD, as president and CEO on Aug. 15. A few weeks into her new role, Dr. Jones shared with HASC’s communications team about what has inspired her life’s work, NHF’s current projects and her vision for the organization’s future. This interview is part of In the Spotlight — a […]

In the Spotlight: Teri Hollingsworth

This interview with Teri Hollingsworth, HASC’s Vice President of Human Resources and Education Services, took place on KVTA Radio’s Workforce Wednesdays segment. Teri, along with Cynthia Avila of the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County, HASC’s partner, discussed the free Virtual Health Care Career Fair taking place Wednesday, June 29. Hear how the job fair […]

In the Spotlight: Megan Barajas

Megan Barajas is HASC’s newest regional vice president, covering Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The latter, trivia buffs know, is the largest county in the contiguous United States, almost the size of West Virginia.   Barajas is a local, having graduated from high school in Moreno Valley, just east of Riverside. Her path to HASC regional vice president […]

In the Spotlight: Regina Chinsio-Kwong, DO

Known familiarly as Dr. CK, Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong holds a doctor of osteopathy degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. She currently serves as deputy health officer at OC Health Care Agency. In a podcast supplement to this interview, Dr. CK shared more about her career path and sense of mission for pandemic communications. “We have a role in standing our ground (against misinformation) […]

In the Spotlight: Ana Reza

HASC’s Patient Access Services department, or PAS for short, has long focused on helping hospitals access publicly-provided services. Since 1994, Orange County-based Ana Reza has directed the effort. Reza, who holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in gerontology, divides her time between three main programs that help facilities expand services to vulnerable populations. Each individual program also helps hospitals access […]

In the Spotlight: Cathy Chidester

This interview is part of In the Spotlight — a HASC series profiling people connected to the association pursuing innovative, impactful work in their communities. Listen to an audio podcast supplement to the interview. Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Cathy Chidester has seen a lot during the 14 years she has spent at the county agency’s helm. But […]

In the Spotlight: Aizita Magaña

Aizita Magaña plays a lead role in the region’s fight against COVID-19 this month. As director of planning and public partnerships with the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Program, she shapes communications around one of Southern California’s most critical vaccination efforts of the past century. Magaña is a public health professional with a passion for […]

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 […]

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 […]