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AHA announces section chairs for 2013

January 25, 2013


The AHA’s seven constituency sections link members with shared interests and missions. They give members an opportunity to help shape the AHA’s services and policy. Each section is guided by a governing council composed of between 20 to 24 hospital and health system leaders The association recently announced the 2013 chairs for five of its sections.Committee on Governance.

Katherine Keene is the 2013 chair of the AHA’s Committee on Governance (COG). Keene, who joined the COG in 2009, is a trustee at Salem (OR) Hospital.

The COG is a specialty committee of the AHA Board of Trustees responsible for providing input into AHA’s policy development, leading effective involvement of the nation’s hospital trustees in grassroots advocacy, providing advice on AHA’s trustee initiatives, and enhancing communication with and involvement of trustees in the AHA. Bina Eggensperger is the committee’s chair-elect for 2013 and will lead the COG next year. Eggensperger is a trustee at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, MT. Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. Paul Summergrad, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and psychiatristin- chief at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, is the 2013 chair of the AHA’s Section Council for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services.

Among other roles, he also serves as chair of the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees ad hoc workgroup on the role of psychiatry in health care reform. James Eyler, CEO of Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health in Macon, GA, and Behavioral Health Quality Council member for Hospital Corporation of America, is chair-elect and will lead the section next year.

Health Care Systems. Stephen Hanson, executive vice president and operations leader for Texas Health Resources’ North Zone in Arlington, TX, will lead the AHA’s Section for Health Care Systems in 2013 as chair of its 21member governing council. Hanson also serves as chair of the Texas Association of Voluntary Hospitals. Joseph Swedish, president and CEO of Trinity Health in Livonia, MI, is the section’s chair-elect and will become chair in 2014. The AHA constituency section provides policy development and governance guidance to the association.

Small or Rural Hospitals. Alvin Hoover, CEO of King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, MS, leads the AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2013.

Hoover is chair of the section’s governing council, which represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA’s policy process and member services initiatives.

Paul Bengtson, CEO of Northeastern Vermont Regional in Saint Johnsbury, VT, is the section’s 2013 chairelect and will become chair in 2014.

Maternal and Child Health.

Rick Merrill, president and CEO of Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, TX, is the 2013 chair of the AHA’s Section for Maternal and Child Health.

Merrill will lead the section’s governing council on public policy issues concerning women’s and children’s health, hospitals serving that patient population and AHA member service strategies. He also serves as chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.

Angela Scioscia, M.D., chief medical officer for University of California San Diego Medical Center, is the section’s chair-elect and will become chair in 2014. Volunteers.
In addition, the AHA announced that Ann Bergmann, a volunteer for the long-term care unit of Cumberland (WI) Healthcare, is the 2013 chair of the association’s Committee on Volunteers, which is a specialty committee of the AHA board.

The committee focuses on the roles, responsibilities and services of organized volunteers and auxilians, as well as the community perspective they provide for the
health care field. It also serves as the selection committee for the AHA’s Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence.

Bergmann joined the committee in 2011 and also co-chairs the annual conference planning committee for the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals, an AHA personal membership group.

By Pete Davis