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

The End of California’s PHE

February 28 marked the ending of vital state policy flexibilities under the public health emergency (PHE) that enabled California providers to meet the pandemic’s unprecedented health care challenges. Among other things, PHE includes waivers that have been critical in expanding patient care space to unlicensed settings, enabling hospitals to care for influxes of patients. Across […]

Summer 2023 APU Perioperative Nursing Course

Nursing and human resources leaders: Azusa Pacific University (APU) will open registration in March for its Summer 2023 perioperative registered nurse (RN) specialty course. Taking place May 13 to Aug. 26, this course can help you fill specialized nursing positions by preparing high-performing and newly licensed RNs for operating room (OR) and labor and delivery […]

HASC Releases Pandemic Response Report

HASC is pleased to release the Pandemic Response and Emergency Planning (PREP) Report. Launched in 2021 with Health Management Associates and CONSTANT Associates, the PREP Report and Study summarize the learning, best practices and recommendations that drove the hospital and public health response through the early uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study data were […]

HASC Partners with LA County AJCC to Connect Hospitals with Job Seekers

HASC, in partnership with the LA County Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and its LA County America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), is working to connect hospitals with job seekers who have recently completed, or expect to complete, health profession training programs this year. The partnership’s goal is to raise awareness of this job candidate […]

HASC Releases 2022 Impact Report

HASC’s 2022 Impact Report is now available, highlighting the association’s accomplishments over the past year. Despite ongoing challenges, we’re steadfastly continuing the critical work of supporting our hospital members and strengthening the health care system. One of the main hurdles facing hospitals has been recovering and rebuilding following the COVID-19 pandemic. While daunting on its […]

HASC 100: A Century of Serving Hospitals

In 1923, 14 Southern California hospitals joined together to form the first hospital association west of the Mississippi, an organization that would become the Hospital Association of Southern California. Over the ensuing decades, HASC has continually advocated for the interests of hospitals, health systems, their employees and their communities on a wide range of issues. […]

Join Us at the HASC Annual Meeting, May 17 to 19

It’s that time of year again and HASC staff are preparing to welcome members at our 2023 Annual Meeting. Empower and Elevate will be the theme as we aim to inspire leaders to harness their strengths to enhance health care delivery – ultimately, empowering our patients and elevating their well-being.  This year’s conference will take […]

Communities Lifting Communities Announces Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) is pleased to launch the fundraising campaign for the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship and Stipend Fund. Its goal is to help foster a more diverse hospital workforce by providing financial assistance to students employed in HASC member hospitals, with special consideration for those from communities traditionally underrepresented in the field.

HASC Welcomes 2023 Board Chair

Greetings! This year is off to a stormy start as turbulent weather, including record rainfall, has had significant impacts on California’s residents. These back-to-back downpours resulted in power outages, falling rocks and debris, some flooding and hazardous driving conditions throughout the region. Fortunately, by most accounts Southern California’s hospitals experienced only minimal operational disruptions.  The […]

Podcast Profile: Endorsed Business Partner Cedar

A recent Endorsed Business Partner of HASC, Cedar is an enterprise financial engagement platform that uses data science and interactive design to improve the health care experience for patients, providers and payers alike. In this podcast, Seth Cohen, the company’s president, speaks with HASC’s Adam Blackstone about Cedar and how its products can benefit hospitals, health […]