Beyond Healthcare Reform: From Volume to Value

Athenian Society Dean’s Speaker Series



Kim Athmann King
Founder and President, Strategy Advantage, Inc.

Kim Athmann King is the founder, president, and principal consultant of Strategy Advantage, a boutique healthcare consultancy focused on healthcare strategy, ideas, and action with more than 20 years dedicated exclusively to healthcare provider organizations. With more than two decades of healthcare industry experience — both within health systems and as a strategic projects executive partner — she is a healthcare business strategy specialist, understands the delicate balance between ideas and execution, and applies her expertise to help future-focused organizations drive real growth in healthcare. Kim’s commitment to guiding clients through every step of the journey from strategy conception to completion is at the heart of Strategy Advantage’s action-driven work. She is a healthcare visionary who sees the potential for tomorrow’s opportunities — and has the technical experience and cross-over charisma to work side-by-side with C-Suite leaders, physicians, and others to accelerate strategy and drive execution.

A consultant and facilitator for more than ten years, Ms. King started her boutique healthcare strategies practice in 2002, joined Kaufman Hall as a Senior Vice President/ Strategy Services from 2007 to 2009, and then transitioned again to further build her practice in 2010. Additionally, she was a healthcare executive for more than five years at California-based Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles and for seven years at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno. Her client engagements include board and management strategic retreats, organization-wide strategic plans, growth strategy roadmaps, and long-term vision scenario planning. She has led many other strategic project engagements, including service line business plans, care model development, business and program planning, new ideas prototype development, and vision and strategic roadmap development.

King is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), was the 2011 and 2012 President of Health Care Executives of Southern California (HCE), and is currently the Regent-Southern California of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She received her MBA from California State University/ Fresno and her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She is currently pursuing an innovation and entrepreneurship professional certificate at Stanford University. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and writer on healthcare strategy, business development, healthcare trends, and healthcare ideas and innovation for national and local healthcare professional organizations and conferences.



Kim Belshé
Board Member, Covered California
Executive Director, First 5 Los Angeles

Kim Belshé is the executive director of First 5 LA, a child advocacy and grant-making organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenue to improve the lives of Los Angeles County’s young children.

Belshé brings to First 5 LA a wealth of experience in leadership positions in state government. In such roles, she has led efforts to improve the health and well-being of the people of California, with a particular emphasis on underserved communities. She currently serves on the five-member board of the California Health Benefit Exchange, a centerpiece of federal health reform that created a new marketplace for consumers and small businesses to shop, compare and purchase get health coverage.

Prior to her work at First 5 LA, Belshé was senior policy adviser of the Public Policy Institute of California. There, she served as a resource to leadership and staff, as well as the broader policy community on health and social services, fiscal, governance and related reforms.

Belshé was secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency throughout Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tenure. In this capacity, she was a member of the governor’s Cabinet and his chief adviser on health, social services and rehabilitative policies. She previously held a number of leadership positions in state government, including director of the then-Department of Health Services (now reorganized as two departments) and deputy secretary of the then-Health and Welfare Agency under Governor Pete Wilson.

Belshé is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, dedicated to improving health care coverage and access to care for low-income populations, with a special emphasis on Medicaid and the uninsured.

Belshé is a native of San Francisco and holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College.


Douglas Allen, M.D.
Vice President Integration
Davita Healthcare Partners

Dr. Allen joined Davita HealthCare Partners April 2013 as VP Integration, accountable for integrating DHCP’s national clinical organizations. In addition to 20 years of management experience, he also has five plus years of clinical practice as a board certified internist. Before joining DHCP, Dr Allen was 2 ½ years Chief Medical Officer Optum Collaborative Care, a 4.5 Billion dollar division of United and Optum, serving over 2 million patients in 32 states. Collaborative Care partnered with 7 groups in 8 states, employed 1,000 NPs visiting patients at home or in facilities, and owned 22 hospices. Prior to this, Dr. Allen served 3 years as Vice President Clinical Services for CareMore Health Plan, a combined senior health plan and IPA. There he had accountability for UM/QM/Credentialing, Pharmacy, EMR, HCC coding, STAR rating, clinical analytics and program support. Dr. Allen was also past Chief Medical Officer of Greater Newport Physicians IPA, a large IPA in Southern California. In this role, Dr. Allen oversaw all clinical costs and quality associated with this IPA, which was affiliated with Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, and served over 125,000 members. Dr. Allen was also the first national medical director of Prescription Solutions, a pharmacy benefit management company, and was for three years a regional medical director for PacifiCare of California. He has also served as a corporate medical director for other medical groups and IPAs, in addition to a hospital and skilled nursing facility.

Dr. Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Eastern Oregon University. He received his medical degree at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and completed an internal medicine residency in Fresno, CA. In 1998, Dr. Allen completed a Masters in Medical Management at Tulane School of Public Health.


Steve Mohr
Senior Vice President, Finance
Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center

Steven L. Mohr, is the Senior Vice President of Finance for Loma Linda University Medical Center. Mr. Mohr joined the corporation in 1998 after 5 years with Ernst & Young LLP and was instrumental in the 1999 organizational turnaround. Mohr was appointed Vice President of Finance in February, 2002 and Senior Vice President of Finance in December of that same year. Mr. Mohr also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Loma Linda Healthcare Properties, LLC, Chief Financial Officer of Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Loma Linda Mercantile, Loma Linda Medical Enterprises and Loma Linda Faculty Pharmacy, Inc. In addition, Mr. Mohr serves on the Board of Trustees for Social Action Community Health System and as treasurer for California Children’s Hospital Association.

Mohr graduated from La Sierra University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He furthered his education and received his Master’s in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 2008.

In 2007, Steve received the “Rising Star Award” from the La Sierra University Alumni Association and was honored by his University of Southern California Classmates by being voted “Most Likely to Become a CEO” and “Most Engaging Speaker”. He has also recently been profiled in the January 2009 issue of Inland Empire Magazine.

Dale Surowitz

Dale Surowitz
Chief Operating Officer
Providence, Health & Services, Southern California

Dale Surowitz was appointed chief operating officer for Providence Health & Services, Southern California in November 2012. Dale is responsible for overseeing the 5 hospitals and related Boards as well as the three philanthropic foundations and related Boards in California. Prior to his appointment, for the past 21 years he served as the CEO for hospitals in the Los Angeles area. Most recently, he served as the Chief Executive of Providence Tarzana Medical Center for the past 4 years. There, he lead the hospital through the transition from a for profit hospital to a faith based non-profit ministry, the first such transition in California in more than 40 years. Providence Tarzana has developed many innovative programs including an affiliation with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has been recognized for its outstanding quality results by Health Grades and is again a 2013 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, ranking in the top 5% in the nation for overall outcomes. This national quality ratings organization also gave Providence Tarzana 5-star quality ratings for cardiac surgery, invasive and non-invasive Cardiology, general surgery, pulmonary care, stroke care, vascular surgery, critical care, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care.

Prior to Providence acquiring the facility from Tenet Healthcare, Dale was the CEO for Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center for 11 years. For a 4 year period during the sale process, amid uncertainty about ht hospitals future, the employees, physicians, Board and Administration collaborated to assure the hospital continued to provide outstanding clinical care and service to the community.

Dale is involved in many civic organizations including serving on the boards of the Foundation Board of California State University, Northridge, Valley Industry and Commerce Association and the United Chamber of Commerce. Dale is also the Chair of the Arthritis Foundation for Los Angeles.

His commitment to health care has garnered Dale numerous awards and accolades, which include: Heart of Gold Award from the Child Development Institute; Armand Arabian Award for Community Service; Business Person of the Year, Encino Chamber of Commerce, Tarzana Chamber of Commerce and Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce; Jewish Home for the Aging, Circle of Life Award; San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Healthcare Excellence Award and 25 Most Influential Business Leaders Award.