Rich Umbdenstock




January 2007

Dear Colleague:

Change is in the air. The results of November's national elections mean that Democrats control Congress for the first time in more than a decade, altering the Washington landscape and shaking up the political agenda. Likewise, things are changing here at the American Hospital Association.

In January, I was honored to become your association's 12th chief executive. Dick Davidson served you, the members, and the entire health care field, with distinction for 15 years, steering us safely through challenges too numerous to count and inspiring the nation's hospitals to forge even deeper commitments to their communities. It is a truly humbling task to succeed him. I will ensure that the AHA continues to serve you in all that you do every day for your communities … because, while the names and faces may change, the AHA's core mission - to serve as your national advocate - remains the same.

This year's annual meeting, May 6-9, offers us an opportunity to reaffirm together our dedication to improving the health and lives of all Americans. The theme, “America's Hospitals: Building Better Lives and Healthier Communities,” says it all. And most important, you'll make your voice, and that of your hospital and your greater community, heard on Capitol Hill. By coming to the nation's capital, your members of Congress will hear straight from you the many ways your hospital serves your community … strengthening health, improving lives and bolstering your local economy. And at this year's meeting, you will hear from a host of prominent, national speakers … earn ACHE credit … meet new colleagues and catch up with old ones. You'll also get the latest news on health care policy directly from the people who shape it.

Please join us for this annual celebration of all that hospitals do. I look forward to welcoming you to Washington this May!

Rich Umbdenstock
American Hospital Association



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