The Hospital Association of Southern California newsroom includes media contact information and communications-related resources for hospital members. HASC’s Advocacy Department coordinates the association’s media relations. For information about HASC or to interview staff, contact Adam Blackstone, (213) 538-0761, or the regional office nearest you.

For inquiries about filming on location at a regional health care facility, please email Margaret O’Donnell or call (213) 538-0721.

Media Contacts

HASC Office of External Affairs

515 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3300
(213) 538-0700

Adam Blackstone
Senior Vice President, Communications
(213) 538-0761

Regional Contacts

Los Angeles County

Adena Tessler
Regional Vice President
(213) 538-0703

Orange County

Whitney Ayers
Regional Vice President
(714) 663-0294

Riverside / San Bernardino Counties

Megan Barajas
Regional Vice President
(951) 222-2284

Santa Barbara / Ventura Counties

Audra Strickland
Regional Vice President
(805) 679-1717

Medical Baseline Power Allowances: How Hospitals Can Assist Patients

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers the following alert for hospitals on the utility’s Medical Baseline Allowance program. If a patient or someone in a patient’s household requires the regular use of electrically-powered medical equipment or other qualifying medical devices they may quality for the program, which provides more electricity at the lowest baseline rate to help offset the cost of operating […]

Artificial Intelligence is Well-Advised to Handle Medicare Enrollment Challenges for Hospitals

Ensuring optimal patient access is always a challenge for hospitals and hospital staff. Securing prior authorization for procedures takes a lot of staff time. Often, these procedures get denied or delayed while staff determines coverage. Many times, procedures are referred and then determined to be out-of-network, requiring more out-of-pocket expenses for patients who usually cannot afford […]

Podcast Profile: Endorsed Business Partner Vituity

Practicing ER doctor Gregg Miller, MD recently met HASC’s strategic communications team to discuss the COVID-19 outlook, hospital staffing issues, morale factors and more.  Miller is Chief Medical Officer at Vituity, a HASC Endorsed Business Partner. Vituity is a physician-owned partnership with more than 5,000 doctors and clinicians. It provides critical care, anesthesiology, outpatient, telehealth, acute psychiatry, and other medical services. As the voice of Vituity, […]

LoVLA Initiative Offers PPE at Cost

Over the past year, through supply chain optimization and city purchasing expertise, Logistics Victory LA (LoVLA), an initiative of the City of Los Angeles, provided hospitals, first responders and other health care organizations an opportunity to purchase personal protective equipment  (PPE) from the City of Los Angeles at cost.   In total, LoVLA distributed more than 9 […]

President’s Message from George W. Greene

As COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward — 24 percent in the six-county HASC region over the last two weeks — we’re reminded that vaccines offer a proven pathway to continue this trend. While densely-populated Southern California communities with higher vaccination rates experienced fewer deaths per capita, the state’s rural regions were hit hard. Despite vaccination disparities, all our hospitals […]

President’s Message from George W. Greene

COVID-19 infections are continuing a steep climb, with hospitalizations now surpassing the 3,000 mark — a number we haven’t seen since late February. The 30-day increase is a staggering 370 percent across our six-county region and projections signal an upward trajectory. This increase, driven by the highly-infectious Delta variant, is having a devastating impact among the unvaccinated. On […]

HASC Shares Added Vaccination Toolkit Content

First shared last month, HASC this week re-releases its Summer 2021 Vaccination Communications Toolkit —​ Bilingual with additional content covering the challenges of back-to-school and the Delta variant. The updated kit includes new videos formatted for posting with updated social text content. Its content has already been shared by multiple member facilities and health systems, and by public health agencies and organizations […]

HASC Recognized with Prestigious Eddy Award

HASC has received a top regional honor as part of the 26th Annual Eddy Awards® administered by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, or LAEDC. HASC will be honored in the Corporate Honoree category at an event running from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. HASC President/CEO George W. Greene […]

Edison Portal Delivers Power-Shutoff Updates

Southern California Edison is now offering a Public Safety Partner Portal that delivers detailed Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) information not available to the general public at Hospital managers will find information provided on the basis of their Critical Infrastructure Customer status.  “SCE’s new Public Safety Partner Portal provides detailed forecasts and outage information to help public safety partners and critical infrastructure customers […]

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 […]