Section for Metropolitan Hospitals
Adding Value To Membership
The Section for Metropolitan Hospitals provides value to its members through (1) representation and advocacy, (2) education and management strategies, and (3) member communications.
REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACY
The Metro section governing council includes members from public hospitals and systems, suburban hospitals, and teaching hospitals. Members meet three times a year to advise the AHA on internal and federal policy. Member input on organizational structure, membership categories, and provision of services is critical to the AHA. Metro section members have opportunities to discuss and make recommendations related to the AHA's strategic direction. The Metro section, in conjunction with the other AHA constituency sections, coordinates governing council member visits to congressional representatives to talk about priority issues that affect metropolitan hospitals. Members are thoroughly briefed on issues and speak in a unified voice on behalf of the field.
Regional Policy Boards
The Metro section supports the AHA's goal to promote diversity and broaden member participation in governance and policy activities. Through its nominations process the section's governing council recommends leaders to serve on the AHA's regional policy boards.
The AHA works routinely with other metro, state and national health and hospital associations. Representatives from the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH), Conference of Metropolitan Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and a state association executive serve on the section's governing council as invited guests.
EDUCATION AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting
In conjunction with the AHA's Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, the section features prominent speakers from health care, the federal government, academia and the news media.
AHA News Now, a daily report for health care executives and Advocacy Alert provide members with up-to-the minute information on legislative and regulatory activities. Publications such as Hospitals & Health Networks and Trustee magazines provide members with information on health delivery, financing, and management issues. In addition, Metro section members may access the Metro web pages inside the AHA website to obtain highlights from governing council meetings. The Metro section web pages also include a description of section issues and services, and identification of chair officers, governing council and regional policy board members.