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WHA 2018 Woman of the Year Gala: Honoring Margaret Peterson, PhD

May 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

2018 Woman of the Year Gala

Thursday, May 31, 2018

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown | 333 S. Figueroa Ave.

Please join WHA in honoring Margaret Peterson, President of Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center.

Margaret R. Peterson, PhD, serves as President of Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center. The 318-bed community hospital is located in downtown Los Angeles and offers a full-continuum of acute care services including obstetrics, cardiac care, and orthopedics. California Hospital also operates the busiest private Level II Trauma Center in Los Angeles County along with the newest cardiac catheterization lab in downtown LA. In addition, the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health is located on the hospital campus and provides a variety of high quality outpatient services for women in a warm, nurturing environment.

Prior to joining California Hospital, Dr. Peterson served as Chief Executive Officer at Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group in Victorville, California, where she led expansion efforts that included the opening of a comprehensive heart center. She has extensive executive experience in hospitals throughout the country and spent numerous years in academia as a Professor and Chairman of a baccalaureate nursing program.

Dr. Peterson is an appointee to the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Commission, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Director of Health Services regarding policies, programs, and standards for emergency medical care services, including paramedic services, throughout LA County. In 2017, she was also elected as Chair-Elect to the Hospital Association of Southern California Board which serves to resolve issues with funding, patient safety, regulation and policy.

Dr. Peterson has been honored by several organizations for her community leadership and was named as “2005 Woman of the Year” by the 38th Assembly District of the California State Legislature. A results-oriented leader, Dr. Peterson understands the important role that a hospital plays in the well-being of the community it serves. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated her commitment to excellence in patient care through strategic partnerships with many notable organizations. Thus, she has held leadership positions in the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, county-level health commissions, and hospital association councils. She is mission-driven and committed to delivering quality care, managing cost, and promoting growth to meet the healthcare needs of the community.

Dr. Peterson began her career as a registered nurse after earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Columbia Union College in Maryland. She went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Cardiovascular Nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Administration from Miami University in Ohio.

 WHA is dedicated to the professional growth and development of women in the healthcare industry.

*Dress code is business attire.

*Please send any dietary preferences to whasocal@gmail.com by Friday, May 25th at 9:30 am.

*All ticket sales are final. If you are unable to attend the event and would like to transfer your ticket to a colleague or friend, we are happy to assist you. Thank you.


The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
333 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States


Women in Health Administration of Southern California