Secure your spot for ACHD’s Annual Legislative Day!

ACHD's Legislative Day will be from April 13-14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Sacramento. This event will provide Healthcare District Staff and Trustees with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively advocate for legislative issues impacting California's Healthcare Districts.

Click here for more information and/or to register for ACHD's 2015 Legislative Day: Imagine the Possibilities.

The following are summaries and speakers of the sessions we will have during our Leg Day.

Visions of Future Technology- Advances in Telehealth Delivery System

Telehealth is emerging as a critical component of the healthcare crisis solution. Telehealth holds the promise to significantly impact some of the most challenging problems of our current healthcare system: access to care, cost effective delivery, and distribution of limited providers. Telehealth can change the current paradigm of care and allow for improved access and improved health outcomes in cost effective ways.

In this session, you will be able to experience the most recent advances in Telehealth Delivery Systems through a live, telehealth demonstration and listen to the experiences of Mark Twain Healthcare District, who’s Board has implemented a state-of-the art Telehealth Program to increase access to Healthcare in their community.

Confirmed Speakers:

jimJim Roxburgh


Dignity Health Telemedicine Network

Jim Roxburgh is the Director for the Dignity Health Telemedicine Network (DHTN). He is responsible for the leadership, development and coordination of the DHTN. In 3 years Jim advanced the DHTN from 4 Partner Site to more than 30 Partner Sites (Hospitals). The DHTN provides Telehealth services in the acute, ambulatory and home setting. The DHTN provides approximately 1,000 consults per month.

RandyRandy Smart

Physician and District Trustee,

Mark Twain Healthcare District

Dr. Randy Smart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at University of California, Davis in 1980.  He then attended medical school in Bethesda, Md, graduating in 1985 and entering service in the US Air Force.  Following completion of a three year residency in Internal Medicine, he served in various positions during a distinguished 24-year career.  In 2002 Dr. Smart started an internal medicine practice at Mark Twain Hospital in San Andreas, CA.  While at Mark Twain he directed the intensive care unit for 8 years, the cardiopulmonary rehab department, the cardiac testing department and the department of medicine.  In 2012, Dr. Smart was elected to the Mark Twain District Healthcare Board and has championed various projects including the physician education forum and the TeleHealth consultation service.  He currently is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Creative Change- Utilizing Collaboration to Achieve Seismic Retrofitting Policy Changes

Retrofitting your hospital to comply with seismic policy changes is a difficult and seemingly impossible task to undertake. Though each hospital’s situation is unique, sometimes it is helpful to learn about the success of others in order to inspire new ideas of your own. At this session, discover how Marin Healthcare District collaborated with their local and state colleagues to find a policy solution to successfully find a solution to retrofit Marin General Hospital.

Confirmed Speaker:

TImTim Madden


Randlett, Nelson, Madden

Tim Madden has been with Randlett Nelson Madden since February 2004. His focus has been on the firm's healthcare clients, including drafting legislation, testifying on bills and regulations, lobbying Members of the Legislature and agency officials, and organizing and implementing key contact and PAC contribution programs. His successes include enacting legislation that allowed Santa Barbara County to establish and fund a Maddy EMS Fund (SB 635 of 2004) and advocating regulations increasing Workers' Compensation reimbursement for the Evaluation and Management codes by 23% or approximately $95,000,000 (2007).

Mr. Madden graduated with a MBA in strategic marketing from the University of San Francisco in 2000, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1990.

Prior to Randlett Nelson Madden, Mr. Madden worked for Citibank, Wells Fargo Bank, and BroadVision.

Expanding Community Partnerships- Using Science and Public Policy to Prevent the Spread of Communicable Diseases

As we have seen in the recent Ebola and Measles outbreak, preventing the spread of communicable diseases is a significant part of keeping our communities healthy. However, due to the nature of these diseases, it is imperative that this be a joint endeavor. In this session, listen to policy, medical and scientific experts speak about the importance of collaboration in preventing the spread of communicable diseases.  Panelists will share how their individual expertise benefits the health of their Healthcare Districts and California as a whole.

Confirmed Speakers:

BobbiModerator- Bobbi Palmer

Chief Executive Officer,

Los Medanos Community Healthcare District

Bobbi Arleen Palmer has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District since 2008.  As CEO, Ms. Palmer has provided strategic direction and operational management serving Pittsburg, Bay Point, Clyde, Clayton and unincorporated Antioch residents.  Bobbi holds a BA in Psychology and early childhood education, a Master of Social Work in Administration & Clinical Services and a Master of Business Administration in concentrated areas of Finance, Management and Strategic Marketing from California State University, Hayward.

JoeJoe Parra

Health and Human Services Policy Consultant,

Senate Republican Caucus

Joe Parra has been a Policy Consultant with the California State Senate Republican Policy Office since December 2005.  In this capacity, he advises members of the Senate Republican Caucus on health and human services issues. Prior to joining the caucus staff, Parra directed government relations for Molina Healthcare, Inc., a multi-state managed care company specializing in government programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

LisaLisa Santora, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer,

Beach Cities Health District

Lisa M. Santora, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) in Redondo Beach, California. She joined BCHD in 2008 to provide oversight for the organization’s preventive health strategies across the lifespan.  Prior to BCHD, Dr. Santora had served in the roles of staff physician, HIV/AIDS specialist, and medical director for community health centers in Miami and Los Angeles. Dr. Santora is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She completed her residency in preventive medicine at SUNY at Buffalo, her residency in family medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, and an internship in family medicine at Harbor UCLA. She earned a master’s degree in public health from SUNY at Buffalo.

SusanSusan Trout

Infection Preventionist,

Palomar Health System

Susan Trout is a rare breed.   As reported in a 2009 Columbia University School of Nursing Survey that was funded by The Blue Shield of California Foundation, 50% of Registered Nurse Infection Preventionists (IP) had less than 5 years’ experience.  Accumulating twenty three years of Infection Control experience, Susan has been certified in Infection Control for twenty of those years.

In 2010, Susan joined the Palomar Health System and is now an IP at the beautiful new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido where she is highly regarded as an advocate for patients and healthcare workers. Susan currently serves on the Membership Services Committee for the National Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Control (APIC) and the Nominating Committee for the San Diego APIC Chapter.

Legislative Briefing

ACHD’s Advocacy Team will provide an update on current legislation, the upcoming legislative climate and a preview for the next few months of the legislative session.

Confirmed Speakers:

AmberAmber Wiley

Senior Legislative Advocate,

Association of California Healthcare Districts

Amber Wiley is the Senior Legislative Advocate for the Association of California Healthcare Districts and ALPHA Fund.  She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a minor in Sociology in 2003.  After graduation, she became an intern in the capitol office of Assemblymember Simón Salinas and was subsequently hired as a Legislative Aide, focusing on Transportation legislation.

Amber Wiley joined the Association as a Legislative Advocate in January of 2006.  She now focuses her legislative efforts in the areas of Local Government, Hospitals, and Labor Relations.  She also handles Workers’ Compensation legislation for the ALPHA Fund.

She is a member of the Legislative Committee for the California Special Districts Association and serves on the Advocacy Committee for the California State Rural Health Association.

Sheila Sheila Johnston

 Legislative Advocate,

 Association of California Healthcare Districts

Sheila Johnston joined the Association of California Healthcare Districts in April 2012 as a Legislative Advocate.  Sheila advocates on behalf of the association on Access to Care, Clinics, Hospital, Coverage and Community Health issues.  Prior to joining the Association, Ms. Johnston was a Budget Analyst for the State Controller's Office and a Policy Consultant for the California State Senate Republican Caucus, staffing members of the Caucus on Education Policy.

Ms. Johnston holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus.

Please contact the Advocacy Team with any questions.


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