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George Lynn to Receive AHA Distinguished Service Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) will present its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to George Lynn, president emeritus of AtlantiCare in Atlantic City, N.J.  This award recognizes significant lifetime contributions and service to the nation's health care institutions and associations.  Lynn will receive the award at a ceremony on Monday, April 27th at the AHA Annual Membership meeting in Washington. 

"Throughout his career, George has demonstrated exceptional efforts to advance and improve health care," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock.  "His commitment to hospitals and health care is without equal and this award acknowledges his hard work on behalf of hospitals nationwide." 

Lynn has more than 30 years of health care experience and is currently President Emeritus at AtlantiCare after serving as CEO for over 20 years.  As President Emeritus he continues to work on special projects for AtlantiCare.  Lynn joined the organization in 1986 as chief executive officer of Atlantic City Medical Center.  In 1993, under his leadership, the region's largest integrated healthcare delivery system was formed.  Today, AtlantiCare has nearly 5,000 employees, medical staff and volunteers and is one of the region's largest employers.  AtlantiCare has expanded over the years to include AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health, the Center for Community Health, AtlantiCare Health Plans, AtlantiCare Health Services and InfoShare, a health information technology company.  Under Lynn's guidance, AtlantiCare has grown to offer services at more than 60 locations throughout the region, including development of the Health Park in Egg Harbor Township.

Lynn is the current co-chair of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology.  He was among Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" for 2005.  He is active in civic, professional and charitable organizations. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the AHA and as a delegate to Regional Policy Board 2 and the association's Section of Metropolitan Hospitals. Lynn is past chairman of the New Jersey Hospital Association, and currently chairs the Health, Research and Education Trust (HRET) in New Jersey.

Lynn earned his bachelor's degree from Fordham University and received his master's in Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1997.

Lynn and his wife Pat have two married children and four grandchildren. They reside in Linwood, N.J.

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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