Dear Colleague:

This year we may see the results of the long, national debate on how best to reform America's health care system.

While Congress continues debate on historic reform legislation, the women and men on the front lines of health care - you and your colleagues - continued to do what you have always done - deliver the best care possible, every day, to everyone even during difficult circumstances.

It is that rich history of caring and steadfast dedication to our communities by the women and men of America's hospitals that inspired this year's AHA Annual Membership theme - America's Hospitals: Dedicated to Excellence, Committed to Communities - scheduled for April 25-28 in our nation's capital.

As always, the Annual Membership Meeting is a terrific opportunity to hear from some of the most respected opinion, political and health care leaders in the nation ... and to renew friendships, and make new ones, and network with other hospital leaders.

Unfortunately, much of the reform rhetoric focused on what's wrong with health care, often overlooking what is working. That's why this year we wanted to make an extra effort to share the many success stories from our field, and to honor the men and women who make them possible. Also, the 2010 Annual Membership Meeting agenda will give you information and perspective that will help you and your organization hit the ground running as reform becomes a reality. And before you head home, it's an ideal time to meet with your elected leaders in Washington to reinforce the hospital message and to ensure that your voice is heard and heeded.

So please, make plans to join your colleagues in our nation's capital April 25-28 for the AHA's 2010 Annual Membership Meeting! I look forward to welcoming you.

Rich Umbdenstock      
President and CEO      
American Hospital Association 



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