Newsroom

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.

HASC Office of Communications

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
Riverside / San Bernardino Counties
Megan Barajas
Regional Vice President
(951) 222-2284
Orange County
Whitney Ayers
Regional Vice President
(714) 663-0294
Santa Barbara / Ventura Counties
Audra Strickland
Regional Vice President
(805) 679-1717

HASC, Health Plans Work to Prevent Future PPE Shortages

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, the U.S. suffered a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Health care workers often lacked the basics: gloves, medical masks, N95 respirators and gowns. The shortage, amid an already lethal pandemic, caused many more deaths that could otherwise have been prevented. In August 2020, L.A. Care […]

Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship Training Initiative

HASC, in partnership with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and local academic institutions, is pleased to again present the certified nursing assistant (CNA) apprenticeship training program.  Apprenticeships are career pathways that provide individuals with industry-vetted, paid work experience. These nationally recognized programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and pending […]

Improve 340B Referral Capture with New SUNRx Service

SUNRx, a HASC Endorsed Business Partner, is pleased to now offer AuthorityRx, an advanced claims capture (ACC) and referral capture service that integrates with hospitals’ overall 340B solutions. Recently acquired by SUNRx, AuthorityRx complements current 340B offerings with auditing and enhanced compliance services. Its industry-leading automated ACC service can significantly increase 340B savings by uncovering and resolving […]

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 […]

HASC Welcomes Associate Member Laguna Treatment Hospital

HASC is pleased to welcome Laguna Treatment Hospital as a new associate provider member. Laguna Treatment HospitalAliso Viejo, CAwww.lagunatreatment.comTrace Swartzfager, Chief Executive Officer Laguna Treatment Hospital offers treatment for adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders through research-based clinical and support services. The facility provides hospital-based detoxification, inpatient/residential rehabilitation, co-occurring disorder care and […]

New Endorsed Business Partner ComplyAssistant Joins HASC

HASC is delighted to partner with ComplyAssistant, a leading provider of cutting-edge governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) software and cybersecurity services. ComplyAssistant began as a security and compliance consulting company, managing HIPAA compliance for organizations in the early 2000s, and now has years of hands-on experience performing internal and external third-party vendor business associates security […]

Jackson Physician Search is Newest Endorsed Business Partner

Jackson Physician Search (JPS) is the largest privately owned, and most trusted firm, in physician recruitment. The company specializes in the permanent recruitment of physicians, physician leaders and advanced practice providers for hospitals, health systems and medical groups across the U.S. The JPS team is delighted to join HASC as an Endorsed Business Partner and […]

New Roles for Providence’s Brian Helleland, Karl Keeler

Providence health system has named Brian Helleland chief executive of Providence St. Joseph Hospital Orange, effective Nov. 28. He had served as interim chief executive since September. In a dual role, Helleland will also serve as chief executive for the Orange County/High Desert service area in Providence’s reorganized California South Division. “With more than 27 years […]

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 […]

In Memoriam: James E. Sauer, Jr.

The HASC staff are saddened to learn about the Dec. 7 passing of James E. Sauer, Jr., former chief executive officer of Saint Joseph Hospital, Burbank. Sauer graduated from the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota before serving as an officer in the United States Air Force. He then began a long […]

Media Contact

Adam Blackstone

Senior Vice President, Communications
(213) 538-0761
[email protected]