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AHA Board Elects Richard de Filippi Chair-Elect Designate

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) Board of Trustees has elected Richard P. de Filippi its chair-elect designate.  De Filippi will assume the chairmanship in 2010, making him the top elected official of the largest hospital and health system association in the United States. 

De Filippi is currently a trustee and former chairman of the board of the Cambridge Health Alliance, a major Boston area, safety net academic health care system with three inpatient campuses and more than 20 community health centers.  The Alliance system also includes a managed care organization (Network Health) and a physicians' organization (CHAPO).

Prior to his chairmanship, de Filippi will become chairman-elect on Jan. 1, 2009.  As chairman-elect, he will preside over AHA's strategic policy planning committee, which identifies the association's priority initiatives.  De Filippi will succeed Thomas M. Priselac, who as chairman-elect of the AHA will become its next chairman of the board.  Priselac is president and chief executive officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

"Hospitals are vital community organizations that can keep people and communities healthy and thriving," said de Filippi, who is the second hospital trustee to be named chairman-elect designate.  "I'm proud to serve the hospital field in our efforts to improve health and health care in America."

During his tenure as chair of the Cambridge Health Alliance, de Filippi has seen the organization grow tenfold from a single city owned hospital to a regional, award winning health care system, as recognized by the AHA in its Foster McGaw Award and by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement in their Pursuing Perfection Program.

As member of the AHA board, de Filippi serves on its Executive Committee and continues as the board's liaison to the association's Committee on Governance after completing a three year term on that committee. He also has served on AHA's New England Regional Policy Board.  He is currently a member and former chair of the Trustee Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and a former member of the MHA Board of Trustees.

De Filippi is managing partner of the Ariano Partnership, a consulting group that has worked largely with emerging technology based companies.  He was founder and CEO of CF Systems Corporation, a chemical technology firm in the environmental field, ultimately purchased by Washington Engineering of Boise, Idaho (then Morrison Knudsen Corporation).  Prior to that, he was a founder and technical vice president of Abcor Inc., a bioengineering and separations technology company, which was merged into Koch Industries.  He is currently on the board of directors of CeraMem Corporation in Waltham, Mass.

De Filippi earned his bachelor's degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., and master's and doctorate in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.  He and his wife, Lucy Arrington, reside in Cambridge and the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, except when visiting their four children and nine grandchildren.

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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