Annual Meeting

2023 HASD&IC Annual Meeting

San Diego Mission Bay Resort
November 16, 2023 | 7:30AM - 4:00PM PT

A day of connecting, networking, and learning!

The HASD&IC Annual Meeting is an important gathering of our region’s health care leaders and serves to influence change, challenge conventional wisdom, and encourage new ways of thinking on issues of relevance to hospitals and health care.

This one-day event will feature speakers to inform and inspire on priority issues, as well as time for recognition, gratitude, and networking. Educational credits will be offered.

Attendees will include HASD&IC member hospitals/health systems, community partners, county/city leadership, special guests, and this year’s speakers and sponsors. CEOs are encouraged to extend an invitation to trustee leadership and amplify within their executive teams.

Dimitrios Alexiou, FACHE, President & CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties

(Moderator) To be announced; Christopher Longhurst, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer & Chief Digital Officer, UC San Diego Health; Jon McManus, Vice President/Chief Data & Software Development Officer, Sharp HealthCare; Albert Oriol, Vice President/Chief Information Officer, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego; and Shane Thielman, FACHE, CHCIO, Corporate Senior Vice, President/Chief Information Officer, Scripps Health

As artificial intelligence (AI) is integrated into our digital health care environment, it is important to have a shared definition on what AI is, and is not. This panel will cover shared language around AI and discuss regulatory challenges and concerns associated with it. Panelists will share experiences from their facilities and discuss implementation strategies and applications to support provider and patient experience as well as provide new insights. Issues such as privacy and security will be explored as we consider what the future of AI looks like from a health care standpoint.

(Moderator) Mike Phillips, Esq., Senior Director of Patient Advocacy and Housing Services, Jewish Family Service of San Diego; Stephanie Welch, MSW, Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health, California Health & Human Services Agency; Luke Bergmann, PhD, Director, Behavioral Health Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency; and Adrian Granda, Director, Department of Government Affairs, Office of Mayor Todd Gloria, City of San Diego

Behavioral health continues to be a top priority for all healthcare systems throughout the region. We have seen an increasing need for behavioral health services at all levels and for all ages since the onset of the pandemic, and often the emergency department serves as people’s first setting to try to access care. This panel will discuss upcoming policy changes at the state level and provide insight from two local government entities on how we can implement these changes locally to increase people’s access to care and future areas for advocacy to continue to build out the continuum of care. 

Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association

(Moderator) Felicia Y Sze, Managing Partner, Athene Law, LLP; Kristen Cerf, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan; Larry Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Plan of Imperial Valley; Abbie Totten, Plan President, Molina Healthcare of California; and Ann Warren, Associate Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Group

As the number of people enrolled in Medi-Cal continues to increase across the region, and with new state initiatives like the reductions of plans in 2024 and CalAIM, it is more important than ever to work in partnership with our Medi-Cal Managed Care plans to optimize patient care and connections to services to support whole person care. This panel will feature the CEOs from the Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans in the region to discuss the Medi-Cal landscape, future changes on the horizon in 2024, and how to prepare patients and staff to ensure continuity of care. 

Dimitrios Alexiou, FACHE, President & CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Additional speakers may be added.

Dimitrios Alexiou, FACHE
President and CEO
Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Dimitrios Alexiou, FACHE, is the President and CEO of Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASD&IC), a non-profit trade association representing hospitals and health systems. Mr. Alexiou joined the Hospital Association in December 2014. As President/CEO of HASD&IC, Dimitrios provides leadership, representation, advocacy, and acts as an advisory on behalf of over 38 hospitals and health systems in the 2-county region. He also serves as a Board Advisor to the California Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Luke Bergmann, PhD 
Director, Behavioral Health Services 
County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
Luke Bergmann, PhD, is the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency. Dr. Bergmann previously worked 9 years in New York City. He most recently served as Assistant Vice President over Behavioral Health at NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public hospital system. He completed post-doctoral fellowships at UC San Francisco’s Institute for Health Policy and UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

Kristen Cerf
President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

Kristen Cerf is president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan (Blue Shield Promise), a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Shield of California, a nonprofit health plan serving 4.8 million members in the state’s commercial, individual, and government markets. She is responsible for ensuring access to quality care for Blue Shield Promise’s 530,000 Medi-Cal members in Los Angeles and San Diego counties and managing the company’s Medi-Cal growth strategy.

Carmela Coyle 
President & CEO 
California Hospital Association 
Carmela Coyle began her tenure as president and CEO of the California Hospital Association, the statewide leader representing the interests of more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California, in October 2017. Previously, Ms. Coyle led the Maryland Hospital Association for nine years, where she played a leading role in reframing the hospital payment system in Maryland and moving to a value-based methodology.

Adrian Granda 
Director of Government Affairs
Office of Mayor Todd Gloria 
City of San Diego  
Adrian Granda has served as Director of Government Affairs for the City of San Diego since 2020 under the leadership of Mayor Todd Gloria, advocating for the city’s strategic legislative initiatives at the federal, state, and regional levels of government. The Dept. of Government Affairs collaborates with the Office of the Mayor, City Council, and City staff to engage elected representatives, agencies, and private and non-profit partners to advance city priorities.

Larry Lewis 
Chief Executive Officer 
Community Health Plan of Imperial Valley
Larry Lewis was the Chief Executive Officer at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District for ten years prior to joining the Health Plan. Larry has worked in various executive management positions in health care. He started as a Commissioner for the Local Health Authority in 2014, and has been a part of the LHA ever since. He was a board member and Past-Chairman of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Christopher Longhurst, MD, MS
Chief Medical Officer & Chief Digital Officer
UC San Diego Health

Christopher Longhurst provides leadership to medical staff, ensuring that standards and protocols are in place to provide the highest quality patient care. Dr. Longhurst is responsible for maintaining excellence in clinical care, including regulatory, patient and clinician satisfaction, quality and safety, and medical affairs. He also serves as an associate dean at the School of Medicine, overseeing education and research missions within the clinical environment.

Jon McManus
Vice President and Chief Data and Software Development Officer
Sharp Healthcare, San Diego
Jon McManus is a veteran health care leader and technologist who has worked with some of the largest health care systems in the country. Mr. McManus is a recognized technology expert with a history of developing innovative and transformational strategies for organizations of all sizes. His experience spans multiple health care settings including academic medicine, county and government systems, public sector health care, consulting, vendor product development, non-profit systems, and technology start-ups.

Albert Oriol
Vice President, Information Management and CIO
Rady Children’s Hospital

Albert Oriol serves as Vice President, Information Management and CIO at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Prior to joining Rady Children’s Albert held various IT leadership roles at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado and at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Oriol’s expertise centers around IT strategy, organizational change management, project and portfolio management, IT quality assurance, technology infrastructure, and emerging technologies.

Mike Phillips, Esq. (moderator)
Senior Director of Patient Advocacy and Housing Services
Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Mike Phillips is the Senior Director of Patient Advocacy and Housing Services at Jewish Family Service. In his role at JFS, he provides instruction and training for the behavioral health community, including information on due process rights for psychiatric patients throughout the County of San Diego. He is currently working at the State level on LPS Reform and provides law enforcement training on mental health issues. 

Felicia Y Sze (moderator)
Managing Partner
Athene Law, LLP

Felicia Y Sze is a recognized expert in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement matters, focusing on both the managed care and fee-for-service programs. She advises health care providers on a wide array of compliance and reimbursement matters and in disputes with managed care entities and government payors. She founded Athene Law, LLP, a minority-owned health care law firm, in 2018.

Shane Thielman, FACHE, CHCIO 
Corporate Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer 
Scripps Health 

Shane Thielman is responsible for the vision and implementation of Scripps information and digital technology. He provides leadership for the development, implementation, integration and execution of technology and biomedical engineering initiatives, focusing on solutions that enable system strategy and deliver effective clinical and business operations. Mr. Thielman joined Scripps Health in 2006 and has since held progressive leadership positions in strategic planning, project management, medical management and information services.

Abbie Totten
Plan President
Molina Healthcare of California

Abbie Totten is a healthcare executive with almost 20 years of experience in Medicaid and California managed care environment. Abbie has extensive experience in the Medicaid public policy and managed care operations. She is responsible for the performance of Molina Healthcare of California including leading MHC’s winning bid for the California Medi-Cal business – doubling the plan footprint for 1/1/24. Before joining Molina, Abbie was the Medical Program Officer at Health Net.

Ann Warren 
Associate Chief Executive Officer 
Community Health Group
Ann Warren has spent the past 29 years at Community Health Group, where she currently serves as the Associate CEO. With expertise in Regulatory Affairs, Ms. Warren navigates the complex and shifting health care landscape to ensure Community Health Group’s compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Before being promoted to Associated CEO, Ms. Warren served as Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Officer.

Stephanie Welch, MSW 
Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health 
California Health & Human Services Agency
Stephanie Welch is the Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS). Stephanie has over two decades of experience in behavioral health policy, program administration, evaluation and advocacy at both the state and county level, working at organizations such as the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA) and the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA).

San Diego Mission Bay Resort
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(855) 574-5356

The San Diego Mission Bay Resort is nestled in the serene waterscape of Mission Bay. Conveniently located off Interstate 5 and only (7) miles from the San Diego International Airport, the resort has been fully renovated and offers beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, waterside dining, and 5-Star service.

The Annual Meeting will be held in the Conference Center located to the right of the main lobby in the Sorrento-Monte Carlo Ballroom. An outdoor luncheon will be held at the Garden by the Bay lawn.

Parking Day of Event | IMPORTANT | Bring Ticket to Event Registration

Outdoor self-parking is located to the immediate left as you enter the resort. Please bring your parking ticket to event registration for a validation sticker to cover the full cost of parking AND expedite departure. The resort does not offer valet services.

Overnight Accommodations | Reservation Deadline is October 17

Rooms are offered the evening of November 15th at the negotiated rate of $259 + $25 daily resort fee + applicable fees/taxes. Additional nights (up to 3 days before or after) are also offered as available at the negotiated rate. Rooms will feature (1) King or (2) Queen beds and a private balcony or patio. Reservations can be made online or call (877) 496-5973, ask for Group Reservations, and provide the block code of HASN15.

Availability is limited, so please reserve early. Discounted rates expire Tuesday, October 17, or sooner if sold out. Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel and are subject to the hotel’s cancellation policy (72 hours prior to arrival date). Check-in is 4pm | Check-out is 11am

Overnight Parking

Overnight self-parking is offered at a discounted rate of $25 per night for attendees of the HASD&IC Annual Meeting. The parking lot is located to the immediate left as you enter the resort. The Front Desk will provide special parking instructions upon check-in. The resort does not offer valet services.

$250 | Members

Hospital and health system members plus invited nonmembers (community partners + city/county leadership, etc.)
Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, general sessions, continuing education, and exhibits. 

Discounted Rates

Discounted rates are available for Navy Hospital Members + Association Staff (CHA-HQI-HASC-Hospital Council). Please contact Lisa Sontag, for details and/or with any questions.

Registration Deadline

Monday, November 6, 2023


A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

Registration Cancellation Policy

A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing (10) ten or more days prior to the scheduled event. No refunds will be granted after Monday, November 6, 2023. Substitutions are encouraged. Please email all cancellation and substitution notifications to In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (858) 614-1556.

Notice of Filming and Photography

Attendees may be photographed or videotaped at this event. HASD&IC reserves the right to use these items in promotional, marketing, educational, and other purposes.

Thank you for your support of the 2023 HASD&IC Annual Meeting!

American Medical Response, Inc.

Anthem Blue Cross – California Commercial Business

Athene Law, LLP

Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

HKS Architects, Inc.

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C.

Molina Healthcare of California

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP


The full offer of continuing education for health care executives, physicians, and nursing will be posted as soon as confirmed.

Please direct all continuing education questions to Silka Benic,

Past Events

For more information contact:

Lisa Sontag

Job title:
Director, Operations and Member Relations
Phone number:
(858) 614-1556