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After Two Years of Virtual Annual Meetings, A Welcome Opportunity to Gather In Person

My sincere thanks to those who were able to attend the HASD&IC Annual Meeting on Nov. 17. I know your time is valuable, especially given the current headwinds that many of your hospitals are facing. After two years of being apart, it was great to return to an in-person meeting and hear about the issues important to hospitals and our members.

Attendees had the chance to hear a keynote address about the policies and politics facing California hospitals, along with panel discussions that included behavioral health, innovative models in emergency medical services, and building equity in clinical and community settings.

While this was a chance to reenergize and sharpen our focus on these priorities to help us care for our communities, more importantly, it was an opportunity to reconnect, network and share ideas to help us move forward.

There was great discussion on so many topics that directly impact our health care system, and while there is still work to be done, I remain optimistic about what lies ahead. I am so proud to be able to work with our executives as we continue to advocate on your behalf.

This meeting wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of so many — members, community partners, special guests, speakers, and sponsors, and I hope you can join us next year. Please save the date for Nov. 16 — as we work to influence change, challenge conventional wisdom, and encourage new ways of thinking from experts both in and out of our region.

Please visit the 2022 HASD&IC Annual Meeting web page for event highlights, including a photo gallery. Video recordings of the panel discussions will be available and posted soon on the HASD&IC website.

We value your feedback to help inform and improve our meeting next year, so if you have not already responded, please take a few minutes to complete the online evaluation. Thank you again to everyone who attended and made it such a special meeting.