The MemorialCare Government Relations Team is comprised of health care professionals from each of our medical centers.
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
Susan “Susie” Caskey is our Government Relations Representative at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. In addition, Susie serves as Saddleback’s primary contact with the business community through her involvement in several Chambers of Commerce. In addition to her duties in Government Relations Susie focuses on the renewal and implementation of managed health care contracts.
Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
Beth serves as the MemorialCare SeniorPlus program coordinator at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. In addition to coordinating SeniorPlus health education events, health screenings and a free medical transportation program, she meets with seniors to help them understand health insurance and physician options and gives tours of Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Beth serves on the board of directors for the Huntington Beach Council on Aging and is an active member of their marketing committee. She continues to build and maintain relationships with local city officials and council members on behalf of Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
CJ Harmatz currently serves as the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Government Relations Representative. CJ also serves as a MemorialCare Health System LEAN Fellow bringing the Toyota Production System to healthcare to improve the cost and quality through process improvements encouraging break through thinking. CJ is very active in the community and feels that her role as Government Relations Representative allows her to advocate for better health care for the community.
Miller Children’s Hospital
Sandy King currently serves as Government Relations Representative for Miller Children's Hospital (MCH) at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Sandy liaisons with government, community leaders, policy makers, and agencies, as well as hospital leadership, physicians and staff. She is also a member of the California Children's Hospital Association (CCHA) Government Relations Committee.
MemorialCare Health System
Peter Mackler serves as Director of Government Relations and Policy for the MemorialCare Medical Centers health care system. Peter’s duties include relationship building with local and statewide elected officials, legislative staff and other key groups and individuals as MemorialCare strengthens its advocacy efforts. Peter leads the hospital-based team of Government Representatives.
MemorialCare Health System
Jim Thornton serves as the Information Technology resource for the Government Relations Team. Jim's primary areas of responsibilities include Information Technology high availability planning and strategy, Information Technology Privacy/Security and Compliance, with a focus on monitoring public policy and State/Federal Healthcare IT initiatives and trends. Jim also functions as Memorialcare's Privacy and Security liaison between IT and Corporate Compliance.