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Health Care Conference

8–11:30 a.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.)

Tickets: $65 or $675 for a table of 10

Register: (before Nov. 11)

Information: 707-521-5264

The Health Care Conference takes place Nov. 15 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. The Business Journal event is sponsored by St. Joseph Health and Western Health Advantage with major sponsorship by Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health Plus.


Andrea Altschuler, Ph.D., project manager, Kaiser Permanente Research Bank/Northern California

Altschuler has worked with the Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland since 1998 to ensure that large-scale research projects are properly designed and implemented. She was involved in establishing the Division’s Research Program in Genes, Environment and Health (RPGEH) and in building the program’s biobank of more than 200,000 specimens for genetic research. Building upon the success of the RPGEH,

Kaiser Permanente has expanded the biobank program nationwide, with a goal of 500,000 biospecimens and an emphasis on the importance of diversity and inclusion of historically under-represented groups in research, in order to ensure that all communities benefit from the research the biobank will make possible.

“The KP Research Bank will be unique among other biobanking efforts in that in addition to DNA samples, participants will provide information about behavioral and environmental factors,” says Altschuler. “Connecting this information with data from KP’s rich electronic health records will enable us to make discoveries that aren’t possible with other research resources.”


Chris Waugh, chief innovation officer, Sutter Health

Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer, using his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide our enterprise innovation strategy. In this role, he is developing and managing our innovation portfolio and enhancing Sutter Health’s reputation as a market leader, while he refines and expends its innovation processes.

Recognized for inspiring audiences and bringing together people from many multi-disciplinary teams, Waugh and his team serve as the entry point for external partners to connect with Sutter Health, providing and avenue for innovators to present ideas that can improve our health delivery processes.

Waugh’s experience includes working at IDEO, the Bay Area design and innovation consulting firm. He also served as vice president of design at San Francisco’s One Medical Group. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado with degrees in international business and French.


Alex Cunningham, Virtual Design and Construction engineer, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Alex Cunningham has worked in the AEC industry for more than 12 years and currently is working for McCarthy as a virtual design and construction (VDC) engineer. A large portion of his work focuses on developing virtual reality technologies and finding solutions to everyday problems by using technology.

Mark Radell, vice president of integrated design and delivery, McCarthy Building Companies Inc./Northern Pacific Division

Mark Radell has nearly 25 years of experience in many forms of project delivery at McCarthy. He is focused on the effective implementation of its design integration services, including the use of VDC technologies.

Health Care Conference

8–11:30 a.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.)

Tickets: $65 or $675 for a table of 10

Register: (before Nov. 11)

Information: 707-521-5264

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