CAHL Congress and Annual Awards Gala is going virtual
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our continued vigilance for public health and the safety of our members, presenters, and communities, CAHL leadership will not be hosting CAHL Congress 2020 as an in-person conference.
Honoring our theme Collaborate, Innovate and Elevate, we are excited to offer the same high-quality immersive educational experience previously planned for CAHL Congress in an entirely virtual format!
About CAHL Congress 2020
The inaugural conference is built on the theme of Collaborate, Innovate and Elevate, encouraging leaders from all disciplines of healthcare across the country to come together and share ideas in order to help improve the lives of our members and the communities we serve. Covering a wide range of topics, the conference offers virtual educational panels hosted by leaders from large healthcare systems. In an era of unprecedented competition and demand for transformation, the conference will challenge participants to step outside of their discipline and explore how we can better transform health care in America.
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July 30, 2020
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
An esteemed panel of healthcare leaders explores pragmatic strategies, critical success factors, and implications of a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
Ida Bezabeh, MS
Carla Wicks, MD
Efton Hall, Jr., MPH
Anna Dapelo-Garcia, MPA
Kelly B. Flannery, MHA, FACHE
August 13, 2020
The principles and characteristics of Emotional Intelligence in healthcare
August 27, 2020
Career Positioning— Proactively Managing Your Professional Development
September 10, 2020
Managing for Morale— Effective Management Techniques to Retain Your Staff
October 8, 2020
Developing a Sustainable Integrated Delivery System
October 22, 2020
Sustainable Strategies to Support Resiliency and Professional Well-being for Healthcare Professionals
November 5, 2020
Bending the Execution Curve: Implementing Successful Organizational Change in Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations
November 12, 2020
Equity of Care
Ida Bezabeh, MS
Founder, We Flourish
President, Women Health Care Executives
Ida Bezabeh is a healthcare leader and community advocate with a passion for promoting health and wellness. She’s held various roles in the healthcare industry at Stanford Health Care, Sutter Health and currently as a Business Consulting Manager at The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente. Ida was named on the 2018 40 Under 40 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
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Ida is Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Community Health Systems. She currently serves as President of Women Health Care Executives (WHCE) and is a member of the Diversity Committee of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL). She received the 2019 Early Careerist Healthcare Executive Regents Award from the CAHL chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is also the Founder of We Flourish, a wellness community with a mission to create spaces for meaningful conversations that inspire us all to prioritize wellness of the mind, body and spirit.
Ida received her B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and M.S. in Healthcare Administration & Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
Carla Wicks, MD
Regional Director, Culturally Responsive Care & Inclusion
The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Carla Wicks is the Regional Director for Culturally Responsive Care and Inclusion at The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she integrates Culturally Responsive Care and Inclusion into daily operations and interactions with patients, physicians, employees and the broader community we serve in the Northern California region. For patients, Culturally Responsive Care means respecting the health beliefs and practices of all patients, so that we deliver high-quality care to every patient regardless of their background, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. For the people of TPMG, Inclusion means striving to create a work environment where each person can feel free to bring their “whole self” to work. For our communities, we will continue to partner with our hospital and health plan colleagues to improve the overall health of the communities we serve.
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Dr. Wicks is a graduate of Northwestern University and of the Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF, where she was twice awarded the outstanding medical student teaching award. She joined TPMG in 2006 and has served as obstetrics and gynecology site chief at Richmond, as well as assistant chief for service for her department. Since 2016, she has served as Assistant Physician in Chief for Care Experience, Care Availability and Diversity in the East Bay region.
At the East Bay medical centers, she reinvigorated the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee and developed strategies to enhance awareness and education. She has supported cultural language modules (Salud en Espanol and the Chinese Module). Her diverse team of champions launched a newsletter, speaker and grand rounds series, created training opportunities for departments around cultural humility and transgender care, and supported community engagement opportunities. In addition to all of this, Dr. Wicks is involved in community and academic pipeline programs providing mentoring opportunities to students who are underrepresented in medicine.
Efton Hall, Jr., MPH
Senior Vice President Healthcare
Life Sciences & Public Sector Practices
As a multi-practice leader, Efton manages the client engagements, as well as middle and senior level executive searches in hospitals, health systems, life science companies and public sector organizations. Efton joined the firm in 1992. After establishing a very successful healthcare executive search practice, he returned to the healthcare industry in 2001. Efton spent the next several years in the industry as a healthcare executive in two prominent Bay Area healthcare systems.
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After achieving his goal of updating his skills and knowledge in the field, he returned to the firm in 2008. The time back in the field allowed Efton to enrich his industry knowledge which greatly benefits the clients we serve.
Efton’s experience in hospital, health systems and the public sector distinguishes him amongst search consultants with similar specialties.
Efton earned his BA from Stanford University and his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley in Hospital Administration.
Efton is a Bay Area native and continues to live in the East Bay with his family.
Inclusion, Diversity, & Health Equity Leader
Stanford Health Care
Founder & President, Lean In Latinas
Anna Dapelo-Garcia is an Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity Leader at Stanford Health Care. She is also President of Lean In Latinas, an organization she founded in 2015 and for which she was featured in the New York Times. She also serves as the current Vice Chair and Board member for both the University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
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Currently, Ms. Dapelo-Garcia serves on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council (2018), and previously was a State Commissioner with the California State Senate for Cost Control in State Government (2017).
Ms. Dapelo-Garcia has been featured in Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR), and the Wall Street Journal for her leadership in diversity and inclusion. She is recipient of the Latino Leadership award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2019), Top Latino Leaders Award from the National Diversity Council in Los Angeles (2018), and Women’s Health Care Executives’ Woman of the Year (2017).
Ms. Dapelo-Garcia obtained her MPA from the University of San Francisco, and Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College. She is a graduate of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute Program (2013).
Kelly Brian Flannery, MHA, FACHE
Chief Planning Officer
VA Sierra Pacific Network – VISN 21
Mr. Kelly Brian Flannery is the Chief Planning Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sierra Pacific Network, serving veterans in northern California, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands. In this role, he spearheads the development, annual review, and management of the strategic-operational plan for this integrated network encompassing seven healthcare markets.
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Kelly is a graduate of the VA Leadership Development Institute and the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program. He earned his Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Walden University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of San Francisco.
Kelly is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a 2019 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholar, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) LGBTQ Forum Committee. He is also a member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) and is in his second year of service on the CAHL Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In his spare time Kelly enjoys volunteerism with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and AIDS Life Cycle, as well as the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
Patricia M. Rodriguez
Senior Vice President/Area Manager
Kaiser Permanente, South Sacramento and Elk Grove
Patricia (Trish) Rodriguez is the Senior Vice President – Area Manager and Hospital Administrator for Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento and Elk Grove. She oversees health plan and hospital operations, including a Level II Trauma Center and is responsible for the provision of health care to more than 215,000 Kaiser Permanente members in the South Sacramento County area. Kaiser Permanente insures over 50 percent of the south Sacramento County population and employs approximately 5000 staff members and physicians.
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Ms. Rodriguez is a Healthcare professional with over 30 years with broad experience in healthcare operations. Her career spans from Calgary, Alberta Canada to Hawaii to California.
Ms. Rodriguez is a Registered Nurse and earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of Hawaii and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta Canada. Trish has also attended the Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School. Her community leadership roles include past chairperson for both the American Heart Association and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the executive committee of Valley Vision and is a board member for The Crocker Art Museum.
Laura Perez Ehrheart
CEO and Executive Consultant
Epiphany Consulting Solutions
Laura is the CEO of Epiphany Consulting Solutions (ECS). ECS is a management solutions company that partners with healthcare organizations to improve leadership competencies and raise the bar for exceptional service and leadership mindset.
Laura is a solution oriented and organizational strategist providing innovative business solutions that drive increased performance. Recognized for building alliances with executive leadership and organizational client groups to develop and execute progressive talent strategies. She is a sought-after Executive Coach and trusted advisor with extensive experience delivering direction on organizational and change leadership, including strategic execution.
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Known as a subject matter expert and Thought Leadership in; Emotional Intelligence, Transformational Leadership, Lean Methodology, Leadership Intelligence, Organizational Leadership Development, Organizational Analysis, Performance Management, and Change Management. Laura has an excellent reputation for helping teams and leadership identify, clarify, and produce models that help organizations become healthy and profitable by enhancing organizational behavior that align with the company’s core values and core strategies.
Laura holds dual degrees in Business Management and Business Administration. She is a believer of the many rewarding aspects of the work she does and achievements she has gained. She is especially grateful for her meaningful work and relationships with clients and building their trust in her.
Laura is a Board member for American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE)/(CAHL) and CAHL Co-Chair for Career Development and Transition Committee, (CDTC).
William Huen MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF Associate Chief Medical Officer in Quality and Lean
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center
Dr. Huen cares for patients and teaches physician trainees as an academic hospitalist on the Inpatient Medicine and Consultation services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. He finds joy as a lifelong learner and practitioner of quality improvement, education and multidisciplinary collaboration for vulnerable populations within the safety net. Supporting teams in Quality Management and the Kaizen Promotion Office, Dr. Huen has worked to translate strategy into daily operations, partner with clinical and non-clinical leaders for compassionate, data-driven alignment and accountability, and develop effective leaders and teams.
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Dr. Huen has most recently focused on teaching, coaching and integrating A3 Thinking problem solving, Daily Management System and Principle-Based Leadership as a shared approach to achieving ZSFG’s True North goals for San Francisco’s patients and community.
Dr. Huen is originally from Oakland, California and studied public policy at Princeton University. He completed medical school in the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program, where he also received an MPH in Health Policy and Management and MS in Health and Medical Sciences. Dr. Huen completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Program at UCSF.
Kim Brown Sims, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, LBBH
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
KBS Leadership Consulting
A Firelight Nursing Innovations, Inc., Company
Kim Brown Sims has a passion for elevating people. Over the last 35 years, as a registered nurse, executive, volunteer and empowerment advocate, Kim has been a champion of the human spirit and potential within us all. She celebrates the unique gifts we each possess and understands that every day we each lead by our words and behaviors. She also knows that great leadership is wrapped around hiring the best, removing obstacles and getting out of the way. Its Kim’s life work to help individuals and organizations alike achieve their ultimate outcome by valuing individuals, developing diverse teams, and creating gender equality. Join Kim as she eradicates the traditional fear-based hierarchical model and works to change the face of leadership worldwide.
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Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Kim served at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center as the VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive. In this role, she led the growth and development of QVMC’s operations and nursing efforts encompassing Women and Children’s Services (Labor and Delivery, High Risk OB, Maternal Child Services and Level II Neonatal ICU), Adult Services (ICU, Telemetry, Medical-Surgical and Acute Rehab Unit), Surgical Services, Procedural Areas and the Emergency Department including Trauma. Additionally, she had oversight for the oncology service line, pharmacy, case management, quality improvement, risk management, clinical education, clinical staffing office and strategic planning for successful business development of all aspects of clinical practice.
Kim also served as Chief Nurse Executive for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, with Tenet Health, a for-profit healthcare system, Assistant Administrator, Women and Children’s Service Lines for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Director of Nursing, Administrative Services, at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville. Previously she served as staff nurse, assistant nurse manager and nurse manager of Kaiser Sacramento’s NICU, overseeing the successful transition of the service line to the Kaiser Roseville campus. From 1989 to 1999, Kim was also an RN in Sutter Memorial Hospital’s NICU and served as Clinical Nurse Manager during the opening of the Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center. Between her tenure at Sutter and Kaiser, Kim oversaw operations for Site of Care Systems, a Bay Area start-up healthcare software company, and helped Adventist Health West implement its electronic medical record as the product manager for clinical orders and documentation.
Kim attended California State University, Sacramento and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She also earned a nursing certification in Neonatal Intensive Care and Nurse Executive Advanced. Kim completed her MBA, magna cum laude, in strategic leadership from Trident University International, is Lean Black Belt Certified in Healthcare and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Kim is a graduate of Leadership San Luis Obispo and Leadership Napa Valley where with her practicum group, We Got the ‘S’, implemented a Senior Information Radio Series, ‘Senior Moments’, sponsored by Queen of the Valley Medical Center in collaboration with Community Action Napa Valley and KVON Radio (Wine Down Media).
Kim is the President for the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), the California affiliate of ACHE. She previously served as the President-Elect and chaired the Local Programing Council and Sponsorship Commit-tees. She has participated on expert healthcare executive panels with USF, Sac State and Cal Poly Universities and has presented at the Annual Lean Summit at California Polytechnic University, the American Nursing Informatics Association Annual Conference, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual Conference.
Kim is a published author of articles on leadership, cultural transformation and continuous performance improvement and was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honor society, for excellence in nursing leadership. Her first book, Overcoming Pricks© is due to be released in the summer of 2020. In her spare time, Kim enjoys travel with her daughter, paddle boarding, yoga, cycling, photography and being outdoors among the vine or at the beach.