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Michael Stephens to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today presented Michael Stephens with its 2007 Board of Trustees Award. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA.

Stephens served as president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, for 30 years. Although recently retired, he continues to serve Hoag Memorial as a corporate member and board member of the George Hoag Family Foundation.

"Mike’s leadership and wisdom in health care and hospital administration are felt beyond his own hospital and community," said AHA President Richard Umbdenstock. "His insights have influenced AHA’s long-term policy and governance goals, making a lasting impact on hospitals nationwide."

Stephens is an active board member of AHA’s Health Forum, as well as several other health care foundations and associations. His extensive career in health care has contributed greatly to AHA’s governance and policy development, particularly in shaping and advancing voluntary accreditation and hospitals’ relationship with the Joint Commission.

Additionally, he served in the United States Air Force Reserves for six years. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia College, as well as a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University, both in New York. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Deborah Freund, distinguished professor of public administration at Syracuse University in New York and visiting professor of business and community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester in New York, will also receive the Trustees Award this year.

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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