The president and CEO of the California Hospital Association is set to be the keynote speaker July 28 at North Bay Business Journal’s 2017 Health Care Conference.

C. Duane Dauner has led one of the country’s largest state health care associations since 1985.

“The health care landscape is changing rapidly and significantly by the day,” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. “There are few people more tuned in to the changes than the CHA’s Duane Dauner. We are very lucky to have him.”

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 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.

Dauner has been active at the national level as well the state. His service includes membership on numerous American Hospital Association and American College of Healthcare Executives boards and committees. In 2002, he received the executives group’s highest honor, the Gold Medal Award, and he has been honored by the Partners in Care Foundation, the National Health Foundation, UCLA and the Health Care Executives of Southern California.

An author of numerous articles and a book, Dauner was an assistant professor at Washburn University of Topeka Kansas before he began his hospital association career at Kansas Hospital Association, later becoming president of the Missouri Hospital Association. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University.

In addition to Dauner, conference presenters are set to 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.

The Journal’s health care industry conference has been held in November since its inception. The decision to move the conference to July was made in order to be timely and not conflict with the open-enrollment period for health care plans.

The July conference will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa.