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AHA Board Elects Thomas Priselac Chair-Elect Designate

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) Board of Trustees has elected Thomas M. Priselac its chair-elect designate.  When Priselac assumes the chairmanship in 2009, he will be the top elected official of the largest hospital and health system association in the United States.

Priselac is president and chief executive officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles - a position he has held since 1994. He joined Cedars-Sinai in 1979 and has held a variety of positions within the organization, including serving as executive vice president immediately prior to his current role. Before joining Cedars-Sinai, Priselac was on the executive staff of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Priselac will become chairman-elect on Jan. 1, 2008 and preside over Long-Range Policy Committee.  Priselac will succeed William (Bill) D. Petasnick, who as chairman-elect of the AHA will become its next chairman of the board. Petasnick is president and chief executive officer of Froedtert and Community Health in Milwaukee, Wisc.

"The challenges of providing accessible and affordable health care for everyone while preserving the quality of America's hospitals are enormous and complex," Priselac said.  "But by working together with a wide variety of stakeholders -- in an open and candid way -- the American Hospital Association has an important role in helping to move the nation forward." 

Priselac has held major leadership positions in numerous national, state and local organizations.  He is the immediate past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges and has served as the chair of the California Hospital Association, the Hospital Association of Southern California and the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

In addition to his earlier board service at the AHA, he served on the Board of Trustees of VHA, Inc., the National Committee for Quality Healthcare, and the California Healthcare Foundation.  Priselac also currently chairs the Healthcare Committee of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Priselac lectures extensively at professional meetings and universities on varied aspects of health care delivery and leadership, and is an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. He holds a Master's of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

About the AHA

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