Coronavirus Response

About Coronavirus Response

As Southern California hospitals and health systems closely monitor developments and guidance issued by public health experts at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HASC has created this central location for updates on the state’s coordinated response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The CDPH, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), CDC, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have established sites and issued coronavirus guidance for health care providers. In addition, existing documents that guide emergency preparedness remain in effect, such as the state’s Public Health and Emergency Operations Manual.

HASC also has created a job portal to ensure that Southern California hospitals fill positions essential to continuing the fight against COVID-19. For information, visit the Priority Workforce Job Portal.

Hospitals Face Steep Climb from Financial Pit Created By Pandemic

State and Local Policy Makers Should Support Hospitals, Not Cripple Them LOS ANGELES, CA (May 25, 2021) – In the face of extreme adversity, California’s hospitals and health care heroes have risen to the challenge time and again as the backbone of health care. Their resilience has been matched only by their unrelenting commitment to care for their communities during the worst public […]

President’s Message From George W. Greene

This past year has been historic for many reasons, not least for HASC’s first virtual Annual Meeting over April 29 and 30. In previous years, the Annual Meeting served as a venue for hospital leaders to convene with colleagues about industry trends, innovation, and important discussions about the future of health care. Last Thursday and […]

HASC Shares National Hospital Week Toolkit

May 9-15, 2021 is National Hospital Week. Over the past year, California hospitals successfully coped with the biggest challenge in generations. The time is ripe for recognizing them and their heroic teams. Download our comprehensive National Hospital Week Social Media Toolkit here. The 185 HASC region hospitals and more than 400 hospitals across the state held firm in the face of overwhelming […]

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 […]

#ThisIsOurShot — to Boost Vaccine Trust

The more quickly a majority of people receive their vaccines, the sooner life in California and the U.S. will feel normal — with an open economy and kids in school. #ThisIsOurShot is the No. 1 digital vaccine trust-building campaign in the country, engaging more than 25,000 health care heroes and generating more than 250 million digital impressions since December. This week, HASC, CHA […]

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 […]

President’s Message From George W. Greene

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the first COVID-19 case appeared in California. Our hospitals answered the call early on by expanding their capacity to care for surging numbers of COVID-19 patients as the virus indiscriminately attacked our neighbors, our colleagues, and our loved ones. Nationwide shortages of PPE, supplies, and nursing staff further strained […]

Hospital Association Implores Workers to Not Turn Their Back on Patients

LOS ANGELES, December 12, 2020 – “Southern California is in the middle of a crisis that is claiming hundreds of Californians’ lives every week,” said George Greene, President & CEO of the Hospital Association of Southern California. “Now is the time for everyone who touches health care to come together with a common goal: preventing workforce stoppages […]

Hospitals Support Adherence to Public Health Safety Precautions

LOS ANGELES, December 7, 2020 — Our hospitals and frontline health care workers are stretched to the limit, working tirelessly and selflessly for nearly a year to care for those battling COVID-19. This pandemic is once again surging and is expected to be worse than ever at a time when supplies remain hard to come by, and […]

President’s Message From George W. Greene

The upcoming holiday brings a host of impressions as this incredible year rolls on. This year has certainly been one of the most challenging for our hospitals, but there are plenty of bright spots I can point to. Two promising vaccines have been a recent source of optimism and the immense collaboration that has united us as […]