About HQI

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) provides coordination and support for improvement and harmonizes measures for patient safety and quality improvement activities for the California Hospital Association, Hospital Council — Northern & Central California, the Hospital Association of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties.  The organization builds reliable and sustainable measures to gauge California’s performance and identifies opportunities for focus and innovation.

HQI oversees and coordinates the Collaborative Health Care Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO). 

Hospital Quality Institute is the 2017 recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Dick Davidson Award for Leadership in Quality Improvement.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

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(916) 552-7600

HQI is led by a 14-member Board of Directors.

  • Amy Adome, MD

    Senior VP, Clinical Effectiveness, Sharp HealthCare

  • Dimitrios Alexiou

    President/CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties, San Diego

  • Elaine Batchlor, MD

    CEO, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital

  • Bryan Bucklew

    President/CEO, Hospital Council — Northern & Central California

  • Shari Chavez, RN

    Division Chief Nurse Executive, HCA Far West Division

  • Carmela Coyle

    President & Chief Executive Officer CAHHS – California Hospital Association

  • Loriann De Martini, Pharm.D., MPH, BCGP

    Chief Executive Officer California Society of Health-System Pharmacists

  • Adolphe Edward, DrHA

    Former CEO, El Centro Regional Medical Center

  • George W. Greene

    President/CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California, Los Angeles

  • Robert Imhoff


  • Krista Lopes, MBA, CPPS

    Vice President Quality and Patient Safety, Sutter Health

  • Barbara Pelletreau, RN

    Former Senior Vice President, Patient Safety, Dignity Health

  • Rick Rawson

    HC2 Strategies

  • Evelyn Schlosser, RN

    Executive Director of Quality Southern California Region Providence Health System

  • Kevin Smothers, MD

    Former Chief Medical Executive, Sutter Medical Center

  • Chad VanDenBerg

    Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer UC San Diego Health

  • Anne Marie Watkins, RN

    Chief Nurse Executive, Kaiser Permanente – San Diego and Zion Medical Centers

Meet the team of quality professionals who share the HQI vision for patient safety and quality, which will serve as a vehicle to harmonize efforts and accomplishments, and in so doing, lead the nation in high quality, safe and reliable health care, resulting in greater value and better health.

  • Asma Ahmad

    Data Systems Support Coordinator

  • Candice Cam

    Data Analyst

  • Trisha Cervellin

    Administrative Assistant

  • Vivian Eusebio, RN, PHN, MBA

    Patient Safety Clinical Advisor

  • Robert Imhoff


  • Kamali Jones

    Safety & Reliability Clinical Advisor

  • Boris Kalanj, MSW

    Director of Programs

  • Scott Masten, PhD

    Vice President, Measurement Science and Data Analytics

  • Tim Rehwald

    Principal Engineer

  • Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ

    Program Manager, Perinatal Mental Health Initiative