California Hospital Association Senior Vice President for Health Policy and Innovation Anne McLeod will the keynote speaker July 28 at the 2017 North Bay Business Journal Health Care Conference.

McLeod joined CHA in 2007 and immediately began working on health policy and financing issues with then Governor Schwarzenegger’s health care reform team. She designed and developed the original hospital fee a landmark program for the hospital industry, providing billions of dollars of new funding.

In California, CHA represents the interests of the state’s hospitals and health systems with the legislature, administration and regulatory agencies. Established as a not-for-profit corporation, CHA’s three corporate members are the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California (Hospital Council), Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASD&IC). The association represents more than 400 hospitals and health care systems.

In addition to McLeod, conference presenters will include Naomi Fuchs, CEO of the North Bay’s largest health center network, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers. She serves as the chair of the California Primary Care Association.

With the recent discussion in Sacramento about bringing a "single payer" government-sponsored health care system to the state, the conference will focus on that issue as well with a special discussion by Michael Lighty, director of public policy at the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and David Fear Jr., president-elect of the California Association of Health Underwriters.

In addition, the conference will feature a special panel discussion on health care by three executives from North Bay hospitals. They are: Judy Coffee, Sr. VP/area manager, Marin/Sonoma for Kaiser Permanente; Mike Purvis, CEO Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Novato Community Hospital; and Todd Salnas, president of St. Joseph Health.

The July conference will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. Tickets are $70 per person or $715 for a table of ten. Register at nbbj.news/health17 or call 707.521.5264