President’s Message – Fall 2018


President’s Message

In my 20+ years in healthcare, I would always look forward to this time of year for two reasons. The first, and probably most obvious was getting the kids back to school and restoring a sense of order after a summer of beach visits, baseball tournaments, cook-outs, family visits, and the things that make living in San Diego great. The second reason was the approach of what I would call “Conference Season.”

Working in early stage and innovative healthcare technology organizations, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at a variety of excellent conferences around the country sponsored by organizations like ANCC Magnet, Planetree, the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI—which was my personal favorite), and more.  Additionally, there are high-quality industry events relating to IT and digital health, patient experience, medical associations, and scientific sessions focusing on new and better treatments for disease and conditions.

However, one need not look any further than San Diego this fall for a truly exceptional conference experience. On October 26 at the Schaetzel Center on the campus of Scripps La Jolla, SOHL is pleased to present our 10th Annual Conference, “Facing the Drug Crisis: Politics, Costs, Consequences and Solutions.”

Our conference committee has built a compendium of nationally recognized speakers from government, healthcare, public health, law enforcement, pharma and advocacy to share their insights about America’s drug crisis. Keynote speakers include:

  • The Honorable Mary Bono – Former U.S. congresswoman from California, Principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, co-founder of the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP).
  • Roneet Lev, MD FACEP – Chief, Emergency Department Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Chair, San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, President, Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium.
  • Sherrie Rubin – Parent advocate, founder of Hope2gether Foundation (dedicated to reducing and preventing prescription drug addiction, overdoses and deaths).
  • U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (D) – Represents California’s 52nd Congressional District, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (advocates for investment in basic scientific research and commonsense healthcare reforms).

In addition to conference keynotes, expert panels will cover key topics including key issues in addressing costs both in human terms and costs to consumers; the role of pharmacy in addressing the crisis; plus a look to creative solutions in the future. SOHL is pleased to offer conference attendees 4.5 ACHE Face-to-Face credits and 12 ACHE CEUs.

Seating for this event is limited an we expect available seating to sell out in advance of the conference so please register quickly:

Additionally, our colleagues at the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial County (HASD&IC) are hosting their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, at Hotel Estancia La Jolla (  They too will be exploring key topics including behavioral health and addressing health disparities. The meeting will also feature what should be an excellent keynote on “SuperHero” leadership from Brett Culp.

I would highly encourage SOHL members to take advantage of these high-quality events while being able to “keep it local.”

Finally, as we approach our 2019 program year, we are always looking for motivated and committed volunteers. Regardless of your interest or experience, I encourage SOHL members to contact me directly to discover more about how to get involved with SOHL—a fast moving and innovative chapter of ACHE striving to advance the careers of healthcare professionals.


Darrell Atkin

Chapter President


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