NORTH BAY -- The top California official for the National Federation of Independent Business will discuss the impact of health care reform on small business in the keynote address for the Business Journal’s annual health care conference Nov. 18.

Following John Kabateck, executive director of NFIB/California, a panel of top North Bay hospital executives will discuss the impacts of reform along with hundreds of millions of dollars in hospital and other projects.

The conference will be at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $49 per person or $510 for a table of 10 and include continental breakfast. To register, contact Linda Perkins at 707-521-5264 or by Friday, Nov. 12, or go to

As employers navigate the murky waters of employee coverage, a perspective on what the future of local health care options will look like will be of great value, including an overview of construction projects for new and expanded facilities, enhanced programs to meet specialized needs of local residents and plans for adapting to new mandates.

Speakers will include Lee Domanico, CEO of Marin General Hospital and the Marin Healthcare District; Wayne Fairchild, CEO of Redwood Regional Medical Group; Kirk Pappas, M.D., assistant physician in chief for health promotion, diversity and service; Kevin Klockenga, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System–Sonoma County; and Mike Purvis, chief administrative officer of Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa.