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Kathy English To Lead AHA's Section For Maternal And Child Health

Kathy English, MSN, MBA, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Children’s Hospital, Omaha, Neb., is the 2006 chairman of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Maternal and Child Health.  As chair, English will lead the section’s governing council on public policy issues concerning women and children’s health, hospitals serving that patient population and AHA member service strategies.

English’s leadership role at Children’s Hospital has helped establish it as a leader in its field.  Children’s, a 142-bed non-profit organization caring for children since 1948, is the only full-service pediatric specialty health care center in Nebraska.  Children’s Hospital has a strong policy that no child in need of medical care is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.

In 2000, Children's Hospital moved into a new 292,030 square foot facility. The facility has a total of nine floors, including three medical surgical floors, each with 24 single-occupancy rooms. The hospital also has a 16-bed pediatric intensive care unit, a 46-bed neonatal intensive care unit and an 8-bed eating disorders unit.

English received her bachelor of science degree in nursing and her master’s degree in nursing administration, both from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She is also certified in nursing administration.

In addition to her service on the AHA’s Council on Maternal and Child Health, English is a Diplomat of the American College of Health Executives (ACHE).  She also serves on the boards of the March of Dimes, the Women’s Fund and the Institute for Career Advancement Needs.  She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, the Nebraska Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau and ACHE.

Paula Broderick, associate administrator and chief nursing executive of Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del. is chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2007.  Anne Bolger, senior vice-president of Women’s Health Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago, is the immediate past chair. Current AHA board member and past chair of Section for Maternal and Child Health, Mark Pilla, executive vice president for operations, St. Barnabas Health Care System in West Orange, N.J., was reappointed as the 2006 Board Liaison to the Council

Also elected to three-year terms on the governing council:  Nancy Crawford, vice president, Medical Staff Services, Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, La.; Paul DellaRocco, president and CEO, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Boston, Mass.; John Duval, MBA, CEO, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Richmond, Va.; Karmi Oberwager, RN, MSN, PNP, CNS, VP, of Women & Children’s Services chief administrative officer, California Campus California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif.; Christina Ryan, CEO, The Women’s Hospital, Newburgh, Ind.

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