LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Board of Directors has named George W. Greene, Esq. its new president and chief executive officer. Greene, 46, will assume the position February 1, 2017. Greene replaces HASC's current president/CEO Jim Barber, who will retire after 27 years with the association. Greene currently is president/CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, a role he has held since July of 2009. Prior positions include roles with the American Hospital Association and Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, CA. He began his career in Washington, D.C. where he worked for a U.S. Representative. "The Board of Directors conducted a comprehensive national search which produced a number of highly qualified candidates," said Richard Afable, M.D., president/CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health and HASC Chair. "We are very pleased that George Greene has agreed to accept this important position. He is a relationship-driven leader with a successful track record working through strategic policy and advocacy issues with diverse stakeholder groups." Greene will provide leadership for health policy development, advocacy and representation to the 175 hospitals in the HASC membership. He will also work closely with the California Hospital Association in Sacramento on state and national health care affairs. "I am honored to be selected to become HASC's next president/CEO," said Greene. HASC has a very long and distinguished history of service to hospitals and health systems, and I look forward to helping lead hospitals through the challenges that face all of us." Greene is married to Stacie and has three children. He received his B.A. in English from Clemson University and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. About the Hospital Association of Southern California The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) represents over 170 hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Its mission is to serve the political, economic, informational and educational needs of hospitals and improve the quality and accessibility of health care services thereby improving the health status of communities.