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AHA Elects New Trustee to the Board

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recently elected Raymond Grady to its board of trustees for a two year term.  Grady will be completing the term of Marilyn Tavenner who was named as secretary of health and human resources in Virginia.  Grady is the president and Chief Executive Officer of Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill. and president of the Hospitals and Clinics division of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.  The board of trustees is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the control and management of its direction and finances.

“We welcome Ray to his new role with the AHA board and look forward to his participation,” said AHA president Dick Davidson.  “Ray’s experience and expertise as a seasoned executive, plus his leadership at the state and national level will add much to the debate on the difficult issues facing the field.”

Long active in the AHA, Grady is a member of the AHA’s Long-Range Policy Committee and the board of the Institute for Diversity, of which he was chairman in 2003-2004.  He served on AHA’s Commission Workforce and was AHA liaison to the Accrediting Commission on Education and Health Services Administration for seven years, including service as chair of the Accrediting Commission.  He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) and has been a member of the IHA board of trustees since 2000.

Grady has served as vice chairman for the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and on the External Advisory Board for the University of Alabama School of Health Professions and the Department of Health Administration National Advisory Board for Saint Louis University.

Grady is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He obtained his master’s degree in Health Administration from the Ohio State University Graduate Program in Health Services Management and Policy in Columbus, Ohio.

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

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