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Steven Perkins to Chair AHA's Committee on Governance

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Steven Perkins will be chair and Dr. Stephen Smart, DDS, will be chair-elect for the AHA's 2009 Committee on Governance (COG).  Perkins is chair of the Sanford Hospital Luverne Community Advisory Board in Luverne, Minn. and previously served as chair and director of the Luverne Community Hospital Board.

The COG is a specialty committee of the AHA Board of Trustees. The committee is responsible for leading effective involvement of the nation's hospital trustees in grassroots advocacy, providing input into AHA's policy development, enhancing communication with and involvement of trustees in the AHA, and providing advice on AHA's trustee initiatives.

Perkins joined the AHA's Committee on Governance in 2005 as its Region 6 Trustee Liaison and serves on the AHA PAC (Political Action Committee) Steering Committee. Currently, Perkins is a board member of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), its Policy and Advocacy Committee and Trustee Council and affiliated Minnesota Hospital PAC Board.  In 2006, he was named MHA Trustee of the Year. 

Active in his community, Perkins serves as director of the Southern Minnesota Area Health Education Center, director of the Luverne Area Community Foundation, president of the Luverne Rotary Club and a member of the City of Luverne Airport Board and the Minnesota Pork Producers Legislative Committee.  Perkins has also served four terms as mayor of Pipestone, Minn. and 11 years as City Administrator for the cities of Luverne and Red Wing, Minn.  

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn and is an alumnus of the Blandin Foundation's Community Leadership Program and its Advanced Leadership Academy in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Dr. Smart has been a member of the Medical Center of South Arkansas (MCSA) board since 1994 and currently serves as its chair.  He also chairs MCSA's Executive Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee.  Smart operates a private practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University, his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in Memphis, Tenn. and completed residency training in his specialty at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco.

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