The MemorialCare Government Relations Team is comprised of health care professionals from each of our hospitals. Choose the hospital closest to you and contact our Team member.
CJ Harmatz 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. Send a Message to CJ
Jim Thornton MemorialCare
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.
Send a Message to Jim
Peter Mackler MemorialCare
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. Send a Message to Peter
Sandy King 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. Send a Message to Sandy
Susie Caskey 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. Send a Message to Susie
MemorialCare respects the right of each of its employees to hold his or her own viewpoint on political issues. MemorialCare does not and will not make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation or policy controlling or directing, or tending to control or direct the political activities or affiliations of its employees. In addition, MemorialCare will not coerce or influence, or attempt to coerce or influence, its employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow, or refrain from adopting or following, any particular course or line of political action or political activity. Although MemorialCare may, at times, identify its position on certain legislative bills and public policy issues, MemorialCare does not require that its employees adopt or follow the same position.