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Brian A. Gragnolati to Chair Association's Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council

Brian A. Gragnolati, president and CEO of Suburban Hospital Healthcare System in Bethesda, Md., will lead the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals as chair of its 24-member governing council for 2009.  The Section is a forum for suburban and urban hospitals to discuss common interests and concerns and to participate in the AHA policy process.

Gragnolati has served as president and CEO of the Suburban Hospital Healthcare System since November 2001.  Located just outside the nation's capitol, the not-for-profit health care system provides wellness, diagnostic and treatment services to the urban and suburban area.  Prior to joining Suburban, Gragnolati was president and CEO of York Hospital and senior vice president of WellSpan Health healthcare system, both based in York, Pa.  Brian received a bachelor's of science in health systems analysis from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and a master's of business administration from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.  He also received an Executive Leadership Certificate from the JFK School at Harvard University in Massachusetts.  He serves on the boards of various community organizations, include the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. 

Julie Quirin, CEO, Saint Luke's South Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. is this year's chair-elect.  John Hanshaw, president of HCA Mountain Division in Cottonwood Heights, Utah is immediate past chair.

The Metropolitan governing council advises the AHA on federal policy issues.  Elected members serve three-year terms.  Newly elected members include:  Clark Christianson, president and CEO, Providence Hospital, Mobile, Ala.; Douglas Duchak, president and CEO, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, N.J.; Kenneth A. Feiler, president and CEO, Rose Medical Center, Denver, Colo.; Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO, Terrebonne General Medical Center, Houma, La.; Christine Schuster, RN, Emerson Hospital Health System, Concord, Mass.; Nancy Steiger, CEO, St. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham, Wash.  Members appointed for terms were:  Reginald Coopwood, M.D., CEO, Nashville General Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.; Christopher Mosley, president and CEO, Chesapeake Health, Chesapeake, Va.; Fred Rothstein, M.D., president, University Hospital Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. 

The new governing council members join the following current members:  Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Newport Beach, Calif.; Thomas Breitenbach, president and CEO, Premier Health Partners, Dayton, Ohio; Susan Brody, president and CEO, Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Michael Eesley, president and CEO, Centegra Health System, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Mark Gavens, senior vice president, clinical care services/COO, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, Calif.; Frank Lopez, CEO and managing director, Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Amarillo, Texas; Thomas D. O'Connor, president, Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Julius Spears, Jr., president and CEO, Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C.;

Laurence Tanner, president and CEO, The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain; Telford Thomas, president and CEO, The Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa.; and Alex Valdez, president and CEO, St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, N.M.  Michael Madden, vice president, advocacy and development, Providence Health & Services, Burbank, Calif. serves as the AHA board liaison to the section's governing council. 

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