The Future of Health Care in Ventura County: Focus of VCEDA’s 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference

Camarillo, CA, September 23, 2014 --( "The Future of Health Care in Ventura County: A Healthy Workforce” is the theme of the 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference (BOC) presented by the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA). The conference will be held Friday, October 17 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center (5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo). More than 250 business leaders from around the county attend the event each year.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Harlan Levine, chief executive of the City of Hope Medical Foundation. Levine oversees the ambulatory and outpatient practices of City of Hope’s main campus and its community clinics. Levine’s topic is “How Health Care Reform Impacts the Care You Receive.”

The BOC will also feature a panel of representatives with expertise in insurance, managed care, wellness and big data. Panelists include Gary Wilde, president and CEO, Community Memorial Health System, Michael Carter, executive director, Hospital/Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills, Leanne Seeger, vice-president, employee benefits, HUB International Insurance Services and Greg Van Ness, CEO,Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services. The panelists will discuss health care delivery systems, health care insurance, technology’s impact on medical care, the future cost of health care and wellness. Moderating the panel and BOC emcee is Henry Dubroff, editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times.

“Ten months ago, when we first began planning VCEDA’s 2014 Business Outlook Conference, we looked at a number of hot topics but kept coming back to health care,” says Ellen Brown VCEDA board chair and regional manager of Volt Workforce Solutions. “Our goal of the conference is to educate the audience so that when they leave, they will have a better understanding of how healthcare is changing and how it will affect individuals, families, communities and employers.”

Title sponsor is Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals. Other 2014 BOC sponsors include California Lutheran University, Aera Energy LLC, Amgen, AT&T, Barry Ridge Graphic Design, Global Delivers Logistics, Herald Printing/Precision Graphic Solutions, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Coast Business Times, Pacific Western Bank and Waste Management.

The cost to attend is $75 per person for VCEDA members and $100 for nonmembers. Admission includes breakfast. For more information or to make a reservation, call VCEDA at 805-676-1332 or email Darlene Ruz, Download a reservation form by going to and click on the event listing “VCEDA’s 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference.”

Established in 1949 and recognized as the premier business voice of Ventura County, VCEDA gives members an opportunity to interact with Ventura County’s civic, corporate, small business and government leaders. VCEDA’s mission is to advocate for policies, legislation and programs that stimulate and contribute to business growth, a vital local economy and a vibrant quality of life. For more information, call 805-676-1332 or visit
Ventura County Economic Development Association
Diane Rumbaugh