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An E-Letter Linking Our Associate Members to the Latest from AHA

June 2005

Dear AHA Associate Member:

Welcome to the first publication of “Direct Connect” - - an e-letter designed to help you maximize your Associate Membership in the American Hospital Association (AHA).

This issue focuses on some of the unique and newest resources and benefits that are available to you as an AHA Associate Member….a report on the economic contributions of hospitals, a listing of useful links on AHA’s web site, the latest listing of upcoming AHA and Health Forum events, and more!

You can expect that we’ll send you “Direct Connect” updates on an occasional basis, as there is important AHA news or valuable information to share.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in contact with any ideas, questions, or suggestions.


Barbara Lorsbach
Senior Vice President, Member Relations


In This E-Letter...
   Report: The Economic Contributions of Hospitals Update
   New Associate and Associate Advantage Members
   Useful Links on AHA's Web Site
   Upcoming AHA and Health Forum Events 
   From the AHA Resource Center: Finding Health Statistics on the Web


The Economic Contributions of Hospitals Update

Although the role that hospitals play in providing health care is widely understood, the impact of the health care system on the U.S. economy is often overlooked. Hospitals ranked second as a source of private sector jobs in 2004. They provide jobs across a range of skill and salary levels, and create a steady source of employment, even during an economic downturn. In addition, hospitals create a "ripple effect" throughout the economy through their purchase of goods and services from other businesses, community involvement and patient assistance, such as charity care programs.

Published in February 2005 by the AHA and the Lewin Group, this report provides detailed graphs demonstrating the value hospitals bring to the US economy. To download the full TrendWatch report, go to


New Associate and Associate Advantage Members

Welcome to these new members who have made an investment in Associate Membership or Associate Advantage membership since January 1, 2005.

Associate Members

Associate Advantage Members


Useful Links on AHA's Web Site

The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care - The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care is an organization of hospitals, national, state and metro hospital associations, and businesses that fund advertising designed to raise hospital and health care issues to a high level of visibility in our communities. The health care policy decisions made in Washington affect patients and communities across America. Making sure these decisions are the right decisions requires the participation of every hospital and health system, and of any other organization or individual who understands the importance of protecting America's health care. Many AHA Associate and Advantage Members participate in this historic and critical effort. Call (877) 422-2349 for more information, or go to

AHA's Advocacy Agenda - AHA's 2005 advocacy plan includes goals to achieve in partnership with the government by the end of the decade in six areas: quality, information technology, workforce, emergency readiness, affordability and care management. AHA's specific Advocacy Agenda for 2005 includes goals for protecting the health care safety net; increasing affordability; and improving care. Click here to view the full Advocacy Agenda.


 Upcoming AHA and Health Forum Events

Washington Insights, July 22 -Hear the latest developments in the federal legislative and regulatory arena from AHA senior staff, including the outlook for hospitals and health care providers in the budget process. Hosted by Rick Pollack and Barbara Lorsbach. July 22, 2 pm Eastern, 800-853-3893, Passcode: DC UPDATE. Call open to all AHA Associate members.

Health Forum Leadership Summit, July 28-30 -The AHA and Health Forum present the largest and most important health care strategy meeting in the country at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The Summit draws more than 1,200 senior executives who come to discuss leadership challenges and opportunities facing health care. They also honor and recognize the health care professionals who have played important roles in their hospitals and health systems. Keynote speakers include Stephen R. Covey, Newt Gingrich, Jennifer James, David B. Nash, James E. Orlikoff and Roger W. Raber. For more information, or to register for the Summit, click here.

Health Care Trends: CEO Perspectives, September 9 -Join Barbara Lorsbach, AHA Senior Vice President for Member Relations, as she shares trends in the hospital field and current challenges and opportunities facing hospital CEOs . This call is for AHA Associate Advantage members only.


 From the AHA Resource Center: Finding Health Statistics on the Web

Two annual publications from the federal government are rich resources of statistics compiled from numerous government agencies and trade/professional associations.

One is Health, United States, 2004 from the National Center for Health Statistics at This publication provides over 500 pages of trend data on ambulatory care, inpatient care, determinants and measures of health, health personnel, health facilities, national and state health expenditures, and health care coverage and major federal programs. Each year the report features an accompanying chartbook with a particular focus. This year’s chartbook focuses on trends in the health of Americans with a special feature on drugs, while previous chartbooks [still available on the web] have covered topics such as adolescent health and aging and health.

Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2004-2005, from the U.S. Census Bureau is the second publication. Both the current and earlier editions are available on the web at The Statistical Abstract includes not only health statistics but also data on population; education; law enforcement; social insurance and human services; labor force, employment, and earnings; construction; energy; foreign commerce; transportation; prices; industrial outlook; and much more.

Both publications can be printed or downloaded as well as viewed online. Each of these free resources is a great starting point when you’re looking for health statistics.

When you need help locating information, contact the AHA Resource Center at 312-422-2050 or


Click on the image below to download a PDF of the Action Guide for Maximizing Your Associate Membership Return on Investment


Click here to refer a colleague who may be interested in AHA Associate Membership.


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Many AHA Associate Members are involved in the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care.  Click here to find out more information about the Coalition and find out how you can get involved.


Click here to Register now for the upcoming Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit, July 28-30, San Diego, CA


For more information about AHA Associate Membership and Direct Connect, contact  George Bergstrogm.




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