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Maulik Joshi Named the Senior Vice President for Research at the AHA...



Maulik Joshi Named the Senior Vice President for Research at the AHA and New President for Health Research and Educational Trust

Maulik S. Joshi, a health care quality expert with a background in both the public and private sectors, has been named the senior vice president for research at the American Hospital Association (AHA) and new president of the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET).

The appointment of Joshi, 40, who earned a doctorate in public health from the University of Michigan, was announced Oct. 17 by AHA President Richard J. Umbdenstock and HRET Board Chair Thomas F. Zenty III.  He currently is president and chief executive officer of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI).  NRHI focuses on strengthening multi-stakeholder regional groups that work to improve quality and contain health care costs.

HRET is a not-for-profit supporting organization of the AHA, based in Chicago.  Founded in 1944, its current research agenda is focused on quality improvement, patient safety, community health, leadership in governance and the elimination of disparities in health care delivery.  Its work is supported by grants from government and foundations.

"Dr. Joshi's experience in both health care and applied research is a perfect fit for the future direction of HRET," said Zenty, who is the chief executive officer of University Hospitals, a regional system based in Cleveland.  Zenty noted that Joshi's role as an AHA senior vice president will create an even stronger bridge to the AHA's efforts to prepare the field for the future.

Dr. Joshi is a former senior advisor to the director of the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and from 2003 to 2006 he was the president and chief executive of the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care.  The Foundation based in Easton, Md. is a nationally recognized organization that aids hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices and others in quality assessment and improvement.  He also is a former vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and senior director of quality for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  He has co-edited and authored books on health care quality and serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, including the board committees of Catholic Healthcare Partners and the Holy Cross Health System.

AHA President Umbdenstock noted that Joshi will take the helm of a newly-streamlined structure designed to both bolster its capability as an independent research entity and enable the AHA to transform the research into practical tools and services for its members and to build public policies that will achieve better health and better health care.

"The strategic, long-term perspective that HRET's research provides is more important to hospitals than ever before," Umbdenstock said.  "Under the new structure, the HRET Board will also serve as the association's standing committee on research.  We hope HRET's  work will chart and influence the future direction of the field more directly.  In Dr. Joshi, we have found a leader who can make that happen."

Umbdenstock said the AHA will continue to provide support for HRET's core activities as it seeks outside funding to support independent research.

Dr. Joshi is expected to assume his new post next month. He and his wife, Emilie, are the parents of a nine-year old daughter, Ella, and an eight-year old son, Lucas.

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