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Larry Mullins to Lead AHA's Section for Health Care Systems

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced today that Larry A. Mullins, DHA, president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services, Inc. (SHS) in Corvallis, Ore., will be the 2007 chair of the AHA Section for Health Care Systems.  This constituency section represents health systems across the country that provides guidance to the AHA in policy development and governance. 

Mullins began his current position in 1992 at Good Samaritan Hospital Corvallis, now Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, which serves as the hub of patient care for SHS.  Formed in the late 1990s, SHS is a non-profit regional network of hospitals, physicians, senior care facilities and health plans serving approximately a quarter of a million residents in western Oregon.  

Under Mullins' leadership, SHS has further extended its mission to serve the community, supporting  programs like free clinics and medication assistance to those most in need and insuring open access to all patients in SHS clinics and hospitals.  In addition, through its Social Accountability Budget, SHS provides grants to dozens of community health initiatives that focus on the needs of the underserved.

Mullins has been recognized for his achievements by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce as the Business Person of the Year and also by the Public Relations Society of America with its MacEachern Chief Executive Award. 

He is a Fellow and Regent for Oregon with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has achieved the special designation of Diplomate with the American Academy of Medical Administrators.  Mullins also serves as the immediate past chair of the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems. 

Mullins is a veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps with service in South Vietnam with the 26th Marine Regiment and the 1st Marine Division.  He continues to remain active in veterans' health care and related issues and has attended the National Security Forum of the U.S. Air Force War College.

He holds a doctorate of health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Health & Human Sciences at Oregon State University. 

Michael G. Rock, M.D., chief medical officer and medical director of the Mayo Rochester Hospital in Rochester, Min., is the 2007 chair-elect.  Rock will assume the role of chairman in 2008.  Sister Laura Wolf, OSF, JD/MHA, president and CEO of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity HealthCare Ministry, Inc. in Manitowoc, Wis., is the immediate past-chair.

Elected to the council for three-year terms on the Governing Council are:

  • Adil Ameer, president and CEO of Health Quest in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Robert Stanek, president and CEO of Catholic Health East in Newtown Square, Pa.
  • William Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare in Rockville, Md.
  • Anthony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • James Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care in Oak Brook, Ill.
  • Donald Smithburg, CEO, LSU Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge, La.

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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