AHA Annual Membership Meeting



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Dear Colleague:

2008 was an historic year.  In addition to a hard fought presidential election, 2008 was a year of gut-wrenching economic news, capped by financial uncertainty.  It was a year that saw many Americans lose their jobs and homes, and a year in which hospitals confronted new challenges as the number of uninsured and bad debt climbed higher.  Through it all, the women and men who work in and lead America's hospitals never lost sight of their mission - caring for our communities.

Now that the new administration and Congress have settled in, we turn our attention to confronting our immediate challenges, keeping in mind that today's difficulties can become tomorrow's successes and triumphs, if we work together.

The 2009 Annual Meeting theme, America Together.  Forward.  Now.  Better Health. Better Health Care., sets the tone for what we all must do to make change a reality - work together for better American health and health care. 

As a hospital executive, your voice, experience and firsthand knowledge of our health care system is essential as we continues to work to change American health care for the better.

The 2009 AHA Annual Membership Meeting, April 26-29, is the ideal forum for assessing what the changes in Washington will mean to hospitals.  You will hear how the AHA plans to move hospitals' reform agenda forward and how we will fight to protect the resources you need to do the job your patients and communities expect and deserve.

As always, the 2009 Annual Membership Meeting will feature motivating, provocative and engaging speakers, topical educational sessions that will make you think and laugh, and, above all, bring us together for a few days to reconnect with distant friends and to make new ones. 

So please make plans to join your colleagues in Washington, DC, April 26-29 for our annual salute to the women and men of America's hospitals!


Rich Umbdenstock      
President and CEO      
American Hospital Association 



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