About Us

The Southern California Chapter is a multiprofessional organization composed of critical care practitioners whose purpose is to foster collaboration among caregivers at the regional state level for the enhancement of patient care. Members of the chapter include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals.


The Southern California Chapter's mission is to provide its members with educational opportunities, professional resources and a chance for networking with other critical care professionals from the southern part of the state to ensure the delivery of the highest quality of care to our communities.


October 14, 2016. An organizational dinner meeting was held at Cedars Sinai Medical Center attended by 24 critical care practitioners, representing physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and pharmacists.

Institutions represented included: 

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

  • Keck Medicine of USC, Los Angeles

  • LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles

  • Riverside University Health System Medical Center, Riverside

  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara

Officers were elected to represent the new collaborative and work towards establishing a Southern California Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

  • Katrina Derry, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, UC San Diego Health System (President)
  • Pooja Nawathe, MD, FCCM, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Secretary)
  • Gary Goulin, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Treasurer)

Collaborative themes were identified to promote projects and initiatives: Quality care and patient safety shared experience and lessons learned, data sharing, community outreach, and training and continuing education.

To advance the work of the Collaborative, the attendees recommended that the Officers meeting monthly by teleconference and that the members meet face-to-face at quarterly dinner meetings.

The Southern California Critical Care Collaborative, Inc. files its Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State, State of California (January 4, 2017)

The SoCal Critical Care Collaborative, Inc. becomes a not-for-profit 501c3 organization in the State of California (January 25, 2017)

The Collaborative’s Officers establish a Wells-Fargo bank account on behalf of the membership. 

The SoCal Critical Care Collaborative, Inc. submits an application to create a Southern California Chapter to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Council (April 25, 2017).

SCCM Council approves the SoCal Critical Care Collaborative’s application and thereby creates the Southern California Chapter of the Society (June 2017).