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David R. Lincoln to Lead AHA's Section for Health Care Systems

David R. Lincoln, president and CEO of Covenant Health Systems Inc., in Lexington, Mass., is the 2009 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Health Care Systems, a constituency section representing health systems across the country that provide guidance in AHA's policy development and governance. 

During his one-year term as chair, Lincoln and the 23-person governing council will work with the AHA to identify ways to define and focus AHA policy, advocacy, public policy issues and member service strategies regarding health care systems.

As president and CEO of Covenant Health System, Lincoln is responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategies, system integration and operational performance for the System's diverse health and human services, including acute care, assisted living, skilled nursing and elderly housing.  Prior to assuming this position in 1989, Lincoln was Covenant's chief operating officer and vice president of planning, having first joined the senior management team of Covenant in 1984.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Covenant.

Before joining Covenant, Lincoln held several senior administrative positions at Memorial Health System and Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind.  In those positions, he provided leadership in strategic planning, sales, marketing and new service development.  In addition, Lincoln has served as adjunct faculty at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. and the University of Lowell in Lowell, Mass., teaching graduate-level strategic business planning.

Lincoln has served on numerous boards of not-for-profit organizations involved in health care delivery and has prior service to the AHA.  He is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Stewardship Trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives.  He is a Trustee Emeritus of Catholic Healthcare Partners and served as the first lay-Chairperson of the Corporate Member.  He has served as past president of the AHA's Society for Health Care Planning and Marketing.  He is a past officer of the Board of Trustees of the New England Healthcare Assembly, is the immediate past Chairperson of Yankee Alliance and is the former Chairperson and Speaker of the Membership Assembly for the Catholic Health Association.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Lincoln received a bachelor's degree and graduated cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont.  He also holds a master's degree in Regional Planning and Health Care Administration from the University of Iowa.

James H. Skogsbergh, president and CEO, Advocate Health Care, is the chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2010.  Michael G. Rock, M.D., chief medical officer and medical director of the Mayo Rochester Hospitals in Rochester, Minn., is the immediate past chair.  Current AHA Board member, Glenn Steele, M.D., president and CEO, Geisinger Health System, is the 2009 Board Liaison to the Council.

New appointees elected to serve on the council for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2009 are:

  • John Fox, president & CEO, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Stephen Hanson, senior EVP, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, Texas
  • Joan Richards, president & CEO, Crozer Keystone Health System, Springfield, Pa.
  • Robert Shircliff, president & CEO, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.
  • David Vandewater, president & CEO, Ardent Health Services, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Roy Vinyard, president & CEO, Asante Health System, Medford, Ore.

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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