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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

AMN Healthcare Releases Final-Year Medical Resident Survey

Every two years, AMN Healthcare Physician Solutions (formerly Merritt Hawkins), a HASC Endorsed Business Partner, conducts a Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents. The survey explores the practice plans, preferences and perspectives of physicians completing their last year of training, offering timely and useful insights for those seeking to recruit final-year medical residents. This recent article from Staffing […]

$5.54 Billion Visa and Mastercard Settlement Claims Begin in Dec.

HASC and Managed Care Advisory Group (MCAG), an Endorsed Business Partner, are excited to share the most recent news about the Visa and Mastercard Interchange Fee Settlement. The judge has approved the proposed claim forms, which are expected to begin going out by mail in December 2023. What Does This Mean for You? This settlement […]

Torrance Memorial Medical Center CEO to Retire Oct. 31

Craig Leach, chief executive officer of Torrance Memorial Medical Center and former HASC board member, will retire on October 31, 2023. He served for almost 40 years with the hospital. Keith Hobbs will assume the role of president and CEO effective November 1. “Craig’s longtime skilled leadership will certainly be missed,” said Greg Geiger, the […]

Associates and Partners Event Engages Vendors, Hospitals

I’m pleased to share some key takeaways from our recent Associates and Partners Event in September. The gathering brought together over 30 HASC partners, along with staff members and hospital leaders in our LA board room. This year, we expanded the event to include Endorsed Business Partners. It was great to see so many of […]

Supplier Diversity Initiative Aims to Advance Health Equity

HASC is committed to fostering a health care environment that mirrors the diverse communities we serve. To that end, I’m excited to share about a pivotal initiative that promises to advance health equity in Southern California. Our recent endeavor, the Hospital Supplier Diversity initiative, is a significant stride towards achieving this vision. Health disparities persist, […]

2023 Recruiting Incentives Review Now Available

For the last 30 years, AMN Healthcare’s Physician Solution division (formerly known as Merritt Hawkins) has released its annual Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives.    The Review continues to be the industry’s most complete source of data on physician and advanced practitioner (AP) compensation. It includes information about starting salaries, signing bonuses, production […]

Registered Nurse Ambulatory Apprenticeship Program Graduates First Cohort

This summer, HASC, in partnership with HealthImpact and the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (SELACO WDB), saw the first cohort of 15 nurses graduate from HealthImpact’s California Registered Nurse Ambulatory Specialty Apprenticeship Program. The 12-month transition-to practice program supports nurses, new either to practice or to the specialty, through their first year working […]

El Camino College Offers Workforce Literacy Training

HASC is pleased to partner with El Camino College to offer the Workforce Literacy Training Program for hospital employees. This grant-funded initiative is designed to remove barriers to advancement by increasing language and math literacy for workers with limited English communication skills. The program has three primary components: English and math literacy, digital literacy and […]

Breakout Proposals Wanted for 2024 Annual Meeting

Overview Has your hospital or health system measurably improved care quality or solved a challenge in the past year? Would you like to showcase your project or initiative? HASC invites members to submit breakout proposals on your team’s efforts for the 2024 Annual Meeting, May 20 to 22 in Carlsbad. Your creative solutions are important […]

Panel Highlights Post-pandemic Challenges for Hospitals

Last week, I had the privilege of serving as a panelist at the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference. This event is dedicated to forging connections between health policy and the practical world of politics. I was part of an engaging session titled State of Today’s Healthcare System in the Region. It […]

Media Contact

Adam Blackstone

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