San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders Announces 6th Annual Conference

Former US Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, MD to Highlight Program

SOHL Conference 2014

SAN DIEGO--()--The San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) today announced that the 6th Annual SOHL Conference will take place Friday, November 21, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Schaetzel Center on the Scripps La Jolla Campus. Now in its 6th year, the conference is recognized as a leading platform for interactive knowledge transfer and the examination of key issues facing the healthcare industry by nationally regarded healthcare leaders. SOHL is the San Diego chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

The honorable Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States and Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona will be the opening keynote. Entitled “Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General,” this compelling session will discuss the role that the political environment plays in the development of healthcare policies, and explore the impact that political alliances have on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation across the state.

The conference, “Politically Speaking: The impact of national, regional, local and office politics in the healthcare environment” is designed to inform participants of how best to prepare for how health policies can impact the delivery of care.

In addition to Dr. Carmona, SOHL is pleased to welcome San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts as this year's lunch keynote. Also featured will be Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Scripps Health and former Chairman, ACHE Board of Governors. Other speakers will include leaders from Sharp Healthcare, UCSD, Palomar Health, TRICARE, and the County of San Diego.

“The rapid growth of this conference is a testament to how healthcare policies are now part of a conversation on the national stage,” commented Lisa Thakur, corporate vice president for operations at Scripps Health and chapter president of SOHL. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Carmona and our other outstanding speakers to San Diego as part of our ongoing mission to advance our members' professional excellence and thereby advance the healthcare industry.”

Conference attendees can receive 5.0 ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) credits (3.0 face-to-face credits and 2.0 qualified education credits).

“Our goal for this event is to provide the healthcare community of Southern California the opportunity to learn from a collection of outstanding speakers as well as to receive education credits and networking opportunities,” said incoming SOHL President, Johan Otter. “With the dramatic changes we are undergoing in areas of health policy, quality and practice, in addition to the patient experience, we strive to provide a platform for our community to stay informed and connected.”

Additional information:

Conference Agenda


About SOHL

Founded in 2001, the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) is an official combined chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives. SOHL offers an environment for continual growth and professional development, and building relationships among peers and industry leaders at the local level. Our members represent healthcare leaders in all sectors of the healthcare industry. For more information, visit


Skylight Healthcare Systems on behalf of SOHL
Darrell Atkin, 858-523-3750


Skylight Healthcare Systems on behalf of SOHL
Darrell Atkin, 858-523-3750