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John F. Duval to Lead AHA's Section for Maternal and Child Health

John Duval, chief executive officer of Medical College of Virginia Hospitals of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Va. is the 2009 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Maternal and Child Health.  As chair, Duval will lead the section's governing council on public policy issues concerning women and children's health, hospitals serving that patient population and AHA member service strategies.

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System includes a 779-bed teaching hospital, over 80 clinics, a 600 faculty physicians practice plan and related businesses.  Duval oversees the day-to-day activities of MCV Hospitals and Clinics.  His responsibilities include strategic planning, performance management and improvement, financial management, workforce development and community outreach.

Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the University Medical Center, in Tucson, Ariz.  Before his tenure at the University Medical Center, he served in executive leadership roles at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.

Duval is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Active in various community organizations, he also serves on the boards of Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross, University HealthSystem Consortium and Valentine Richmond History Center.

Duval received a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of California Irvine.  He has published numerous articles, monographs and book chapters.

Nancy Crawford, BS, RHIA, is senior vice president for Medical Staff Services at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., and as chair-elect, will assume the role of chair in 2010.  Woman's Hospital is a 225-bed hospital, one of the largest women's specialty hospitals in the U.S., and is recognized throughout the country for its innovative programs for women and their families.

Vicki Seltzer, M.D., chairman emeritus, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in N.Y., is the immediate past chair.  Current AHA board member, Kathleen Stanford, RN, DBA, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver, Colo. was appointed as the 2009 Board Liaison to the Council.

Also elected to three-year terms (expiring in 2011) on the governing council: 

  • Rick Merrill, BS, MSHA, is president and chief executive officer of the Cook Children's Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Patricia Warner B.Ed, MPH, is the associate hospital director for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers and chief administrative officer for C.S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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