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Sarah Buck to Chair AHA's Committee on Governance

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has appointed Sarah Buck chair of the association’s 2006 Committee on Governance (COG).  The COG provides the AHA advice on trustee initiatives and is one of four specialty committees to the AHA Board of Trustees.

Buck is the board of trustees chair of Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa and provides leadership to the 220 bed facility with over 1,300 staff members and a medical staff of more than 150 physicians.  Mary Greeley Medical Center provides specialized care with a personal touch to a 13-county region in central Iowa.

Buck is a recently retired vice president of administration at Iowa State University
Foundation.  Buck is a member of the medical center board and serves on the Governance Committee and the Foundation board of directors.  She previously served as chair of the medical center’s CEO Selection Committee.

Active within her profession, Buck has been a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Association of Hospital Development, the American Society of Hospital Marketing and Public Relations and the Iowa Society for Hospital Marketing and Public Relations, including a term as president of that organization. Some of her civic and community activities include S.A.F.E. Community Leadership Committee, American Heart Association and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.  She is also a founding member of the Mid-Iowa Community Health Committee.

The COG, which includes national hospital and health system trustee leaders, provides input into the AHA’s policy development and trustee involvement in grassroots advocacy.  Buck formerly served as a member of the COG from 2000 to 2003 and is also a member of its Leadership Development Committee.

Joanell Dyrstad was named chair-elect of the AHA’s COG.  Dyrstad currently serves on the Fairview Health Services corporate board as secretary and is past chair of the Fairview Health Services board of directors in Red Wing, Min., where she has been a member since 1997.  She also serves on the board of Minnesota Hospital Association and is involved in advocacy efforts at the state and national level. 

Dyrstad was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1994 and served three terms as mayor of Red Wing, Min. from 1985-1990.  In 1991, she was elected lieutenant governor in the state of Minnesota, where she served until 1995.

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