The American Hospital Association, in partnership with California Hospital Association, honored Peter Mackler, Executive Director of Government Relations and Policy for MemorialCare Health System, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champions Award. Mackler is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of the mission of hospitals.
The Grassroots Champions Award was created to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the vital role of hospitals in the community, perform an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for hospitals, and is a tireless advocate for hospitals and their patients.
“We depend upon strong voices to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” says Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO in honoring Mackler. “This award recognizes Peter’s exceptional efforts and dedication to improving health and health care in America.”
The award is presented annually to one individual from each state with winners being chosen by the state association. The 2014 honorees were recognized at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting this week.
“For more than a decade, Peter has worked tirelessly for our patients, physicians and communities,” says Barry Arbuckle PhD, President and CEO of MemorialCare Health System. “His efforts have been a catalyst for constructive dialogue among physicians, lawmakers, community leaders and health care providers—all with the goal of creating sustainable health care reform and sensible health care legislation. We are proud of Peter’s achievements and thrilled AHA recognizes him as a Grassroots Champion.”
“Advocacy is not a spectator sport,” explains Mackler, who has 25 years of experience in health care advocacy. “To best understand the impact their decisions have on our communities, government officials need to hear from us.” He is Vice Chair of Partners in Care Foundation, past Chair of California Hospital Association Political Action Committee and Chair of Westside Family Health Center.
Prior to joining MemorialCare in 2004, Mackler had nearly 15 years in public service developing health care policy, including the Southern California policy liaison to the Director of the State Department of Health Service. He was also a legislative consultant for three Senate President pro Tempores – Senators David Roberti, Bill Lockyer and John Burton. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge where he also serves as a guest lecturer. He is also a guest lecturer at California State University Long Beach, University of California – Los Angeles and Berkeley campuses, University of Southern California and Coro Southern California’s Health Leadership Program.