Government Relations Team

The MemorialCare Government Relations Team is comprised of health care professionals from each of our medical centers.

Beth Hambelton
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.

Sandy King
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach

Sandy King currently serves as Government Relations Representative for Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach (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.

Peter Mackler
MemorialCare Health System

Peter Mackler serves as Executive 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.

Tony Struthers
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

Tony Struthers is the current Administrator of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center – San Clemente, having held this position since October 2009. He has over 30 years’ experience in Healthcare Management holding senior positions in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, including positions such as CEO of San Clemente Hospital from 1990 to 1998. He serves on the Boards of the Boys and Girls Club of the South Coast Area, Community Resource Center, and San Clemente Chamber of Commerce presently. His previous local leadership includes past president of San Clemente Rotary and San Clemente Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Kansas as well as a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management from University of Missouri-Columbia, and is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jim Thornton
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.

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