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Skogsbergh named 2015 AHA chair-elect

July 25, 2014

The AHA board of trustees has selected as its chairmanelect for 2015 Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill. He will serve as AHA chairman in 2016.

Skogsbergh next year will succeed Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., as the association’s chairman-elect.

Perlin is president of clinical and physician services and chief medical officer of Nashville-based HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) and will become the AHA’s chairman in 2015.

Skogsbergh joined Advocate Health Care as its chief operating officer in 2001 and became president and CEO in 2002.

Advocate Health Care is the largest health system in the state and one of the largest health systems in the Midwest. It has more than 250 sites of care, including 12 acute care hospitals, and the state’s largest employed medical group.

Under his tenure, the health system has built a leading clinical integration program designed to drive improvement in health outcomes, care coordination and value. It has the nation’s largest accountable care organization covering some 600,000 people.

“It is an exciting time to be a health care leader as we work to improve the care we provide patients and I look forward to working with the AHA and its members in support of the AHA mission to advance the health of individuals and communities,” Skogsbergh said.

Skogsbergh joined the AHA’s board in 2013. He serves on the AHA’s Regional Policy Board 5, is a member of the AHA Smart-Market board, and in 2010 he led the AHA’s Section for Health Care Systems as chair of its 20-member governing council.

He also is chairman of the Coalition to Protect America’s Healthcare, a major communications initiative of hospitals; national, state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations; and businesses that came together in 2000 to protect patients’ access to quality health care. The coalition presents the hospital story through TV, radio, online and print advertising and digital communications. The AHA is a founding member of the coalition.

Before joining Advocate Health Care, Skogsbergh served as executive vice president of the Iowa Health System in Des Moines and president and CEO of Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Blank Children’s Hospital.