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Center for Healthcare Governance Adds to Board of Advisors

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Center for Healthcare Governance (the Center) today named two new members to its National Board of Advisors.  Joining current board members for a one-year term are Richard de Filippi, Ph.D., trustee, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Mass. and Lawrence Prybil, Ph.D., vice-chair, board of directors, Sisters of Charity Health System, Leavenworth, Kan.

The Center’s board leads the full-service resource for governance education, research, “best practices” and practical tools and information.  Established in 2005, the Center is a dynamic community of board members, executives and thought leaders dedicated to advancing excellence, innovation and accountability in health care governance.  Offering its members an array of resources, conferences, consulting services and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the Center is the go-to destination for forward-thinking strategic leaders who are developing the leadership qualities essential for achieving organizational success.

“Throughout their careers, both Rick and Larry have shown a strong commitment to improving not only the health of communities but also the hospitals and health systems that serve those communities,” said John Combes, M.D., president and chief operating officer for the Center.  “We’re pleased to add their breadth and depth of knowledge to our efforts to promote community relationships and trust through informed governance.”

De Filippi has been a trustee at Cambridge Health Alliance since 1977 and is a member of their finance, public health and strategic planning committees.  He is chairman of the board of the Alliance Foundation for Community Health, Cambridge Health Alliance’s philanthropy non-profit.  He is a past board member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association and is a current AHA board member.

Prybil has served on the governing boards of hospitals, multi-unit healthcare systems, state hospital associations and the AHA.  In 1980, he joined the Sisters of Mercy Health Corporation based in Farmington Hills, Mich., serving for five years as vice-president – administration.  From 1985 to 1999, he held senior leadership roles with the Daughters of Charity Health System, including ten years as chief executive officer for a six-state division. In 1999, Larry returned to The University of Iowa to assist in launching the University’s new College of Public Health, serving for six years as associate dean and now as senior advisor to the dean and professor of health management.

De Filippi and Prybil will join current Center board members Don Wegmiller, Center Board chair and chairman, Clark Consulting Healthcare Group; Gary Carter, president, New Jersey Hospital Association; Susan Dentzer, trustee, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; Douglas Hawthorne, president and CEO, Texas Health Resources; Todd Linden, president and CEO, Grinnell Regional Medical Center; James Orlikoff, president, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc. and senior consultant, Center for Healthcare Governance; Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., FCCM, associate professor for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University; Roger Raber, president and CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors; James Reinertsen, M.D., senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Frank Sardone, president and CEO, Bronson Healthcare Group; Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy for the School of Public Health at the University of California-Berkeley; Ernest Sutton, member, American Hospital Association Committee on Governance and trustee, Albemarle Hospital; Richard Umbdenstock, president-elect and chief operating officer, AHA; and Bruce Vladeck, interim president, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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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