CEO Messages

Diversity Is Our Strength, Unity Is Our Power

Our field is incredibly diverse, with hospitals each having different governance and funding structures serving very distinct parts of our incredible state. This is emblematic of California’s own diverse population. The vast array of circumstances affecting our hospitals makes it challenging to shape legislation that will equally help all hospitals statewide, and more must be done to utilize our diversity as a strength.  

The topic of diversity was echoed at our recent Hospital Council Board meeting and annual summit with the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) from Oct. 15-16 in Lake Tahoe. We are so proud to work in partnership with HQI on this summit and on patient safety issues throughout the year.  

At our summit, the Hospital Council Board did a deep dive into “The Infinite Game,” a keynote by Stephen Shedletzky of author and speaker Simon Sinek’s The Optimism Company, and how it relates to hospitals and the health care field. Health care is the ultimate infinite game. While it can be easy to get caught up in the finite games of the multitude of regulatory and legislative issues, it’s important to remember that at the end of the day, the unifying force among all our hospitals is the common goal to serve and improve our patients’ health.  

Additionally, the safety, wellbeing, and resiliency of our hospital workforce remain top priorities for the entire health care field. Three of our Hospital Council board members participated in a panel discussion with Dr. Bryan Sexton of Duke University on strategies to protect and care for our hospital caregivers. Special thanks to Patricia Williams (Fremont Hospital), Rick Shumway (Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley), and David Clark (Sutter – Alta Bates) for sharing their journey to support our hospital’s most important asset – the hospital workforce. 

We are definitely playing the infinite game as we strive to make sure that all Californians have access to the care that they need, when they need it, in order to reach their highest potential of health. 

CEO Panel from Annual Summit

PG&E is investing in making sure California is protected from wildfires by placing powerlines underground. Hospital Council President & CEO Bryan Bucklew appears in a PG&E video on the importance of this work.