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2006 Chair Metropolitan Hospitals Kim Hollon

Kim Hollon, executive vice president of clinical operations of Methodist Health System in Dallas, will lead the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals as chair of its 21-member governing council for 2006.  The Section is a forum for suburban and urban hospitals to discuss common interests and concerns and to participate in the AHA policy process.

Methodist Health System is one of Dallas’ oldest nonprofit health systems, serving almost a million residents in the southern Dallas region. The 600 physicians on the Methodist medical staff represent more than 60 specialties, from prevention-based family medicine to the emerging field of hyperbaric medicine. Methodist features one of the region’s most advanced heart centers; a neonatal intensive care unit with one of the country’s highest survival rates; one of only three trauma centers in Dallas; and one of the largest and most active adult kidney, pancreas and liver transplant centers in the Southwest. Prior to joining Methodist Health System, Hollon was the executive vice president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center, a 463- bed teaching hospital under the larger Methodist Health System.

Joyce Murphy, vice-chancellor and COO of University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester, Mass. is this year’s chair-elect.  Brue Chandler, senior vice president and administrator, Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., is immediate past chair.

The Metropolitan governing council advises the AHA on federal policy issues.  Elected members serve three-year terms.  Newly elected members include:  Robert Colvin, president and CEO, Memorial Health, Savannah, Ga.; Lee Domanico, chief executive officer, Legacy Health System, Portland, Ore.; Michelle Hood, president and CEO, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, Mont.; Gary Horan, president and CEO, Trinitas Health & Hospital, Elizabeth, N.J.; Julie Quirin, president and CEO, Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park, Kan.; David D. Whitaker, president and CEO, Norman Regional Hospital, Norman, Okla.; and Iris Taylor, president, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Detroit, Mich., has been appointed to fill a vacant position with a term expiring in December 2007. 

The new governing council members join the following current members:  Ryland (Skip) Davis, CEO, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Wash.; John Hanshaw, president, HCA Mountain Division, Cottonwood Heights, Utah; Bryant Hanson, president and CEO, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health System, New Albany, Ind.; Daniel Kane, president and CEO, Nassau Health Care Corporation, East Meadow, N.Y.; Roger Gilbertson M.D., president, Meritcare Health System, Fargo, N.D.; Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO, Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, Bethesda, Md.; Laurence Hinsdale, president and CEO, NorthEast Medical Center, Concord, N.C.; Bruce Rueben, president, Minnesota Hospital Association, St. Paul, Minn.; Robert Trefry, president and CEO, Bridgeport Hospital, and Bridgeport, Conn.; Andrew B. Wigglesworth, president,

Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, Philadelphia, Penn.;  and Stanley Hupfeld, president and CEO, INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City, Okla. who serves as the AHA board liaison to the section. 

About the AHA’s Section for Metropolitan Hospitals
The AHA's Section for Metropolitan Hospitals provides representation; advocacy and educational opportunities to help the nation's suburban and urban hospitals better serve the health needs of patients and communities.  The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities.  The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

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