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AHA Elects New Trustees to the Board

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has elected seven new members to its Board of Trustees for terms beginning January 1, 2010.  The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.

New board members include:

Rhonda M. Anderson, RN, DNSc(h), is the Pediatric Administrator for Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., and Regional Pediatric Service Line Administrator for Banner Health's Arizona Region.  She is responsible for the Banner Arizona Pediatric Strategy and Implementation across Banner Arizona hospitals.  Prior to that, Anderson served seven years at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., as vice president of patient operations and later executive vice president/chief operating officer.  She also served as associate chairman for corporate nursing at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill., and senior administrator/patient care services at the Phoenix-based Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. 

Anderson chairs the AHA Committee of Commissioners to The Joint Commission and has been a member since 2001.  She has participated in the AHA Task Force on Quality/Patient Safety and the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Committee.   She also served as president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Craig A. Becker has been president and chief executive officer of the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) and its subsidiaries, THA Solutions Group, Inc., and the Tennessee Hospital Education and Research Foundation, since August 1993.  THA's membership is diverse, with one-third not-for-profit, one-third government-owned, and one-third investor-owned.

Prior to joining THA, Becker was president of the Maine Hospital Association, serving in that position from 1989 to August 1993.  Previously, he worked as vice president of government relations at the New Jersey Hospital Association, a legislative aide to the New Jersey Assembly minority leader, an editor for Dow Jones & Company and with the American Stock Exchange.  Becker has served on a variety of AHA committees, including the PAC Steering Committee and the Task Force on Medicaid. 

Michael Rock, M.D., is the chief medical officer at Mayo Rochester Hospitals/Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minn.  In addition, he serves as a consultant to the department of orthopedic surgery at Mayo, is a professor of orthopedics at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and has teaching/examining privileges in Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Graduate School.  He continues an active surgical practice. 

Dr. Rock also serves as chair of the hospitals' Financial Analysis and Performance Committee, is a participating member of the Management Oversight Group or Operational Arm of the executive board, a member of the Finance Committee and vice-chair for the Clinical Practice Committee.  He is a member of Mayo's National Policy Board, which seeks to increase dialogue among national stakeholders to improve the health care delivery of the country.  Prior to joining Mayo in 1988, Dr. Rock was an assistant professor in the departments of surgery and radiation oncology at the University of Western Ontario and a consultant to the Ontario Cancer Foundation.  Dr. Rock has been an active member of the AHA Section for Health Care Systems since 2003, and served as chair in 2008.  In addition, Dr. Rock was a member of AHA's Long-Range Policy Committee.

Thomas F. Zenty III has been chief executive officer of University Hospitals in Cleveland since 2003.  He presides over a system that serves patients at more than 150 locations.  Prior to joining University Hospitals, Zenty served as chief operating officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.  Before joining Cedars-Sinai Health System in 1995, he held health care leadership roles in multi-hospital organizations in Arizona, New Jersey and Connecticut. 

Zenty has been a member of the Health Research and Educational Trust board since 2003, and is completing a two-year term as chairman in 2009.  He also serves as chair of the AHA Committee on Research and is a member of the AHA's Long-Range Policy Committee.  Zenty has been a delegate to the AHA's Metropolitan Hospitals Section and a member of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, the Task Force on Regulatory Reform and Relief, and the Advisory Panel on Financial Viability Measures. 

Steven Goldstein is president and chief executive officer for Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.  He also serves as vice president for the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), president and chief executive officer for Highland Hospital in Rochester, president for Long Term Care for URMC, and president of Strong Partners Health System.  In addition, he is a professor in community and preventive medicine for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Prior to assuming his position at Strong, Goldstein served in executive or administrative positions at Rochester General Hospital, The Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, the University of Nebraska Hospitals and Clinics and the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute in Omaha, Neb.  He also has served as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton.

Goldstein is currently an alternate delegate to an AHA regional policy board.  He is the past chairman of the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS).  He has served on numerous boards of directors and committees, including Highland Hospital of Rochester, University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Partners Health System, Seagate Alliance, and Rochester Regional Healthcare Association. 

Timothy E. Hill has served as president and chief executive officer of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Ark., since 1998.  Previously, he was president and chief executive officer at Southwest Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., and regional financial manager for Safecare Health Services in Seattle where he was responsible for multiple hospital financial and operations management.  In the early 1980s, he was chief financial officer for two Republic Health Corporation hospitals.

Hill serves on an AHA regional policy board and is a former chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association.  He has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Advisory Council.

Russell W. Johnson has been chief executive of San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center (SLVRMC) in Alamosa, Colo. since 2001.  It is the only full-service facility serving the rural southern Colorado valley of 47,000 people and 8,000 square miles.  Previously, he was chief operating officer of Edinburg Regional Medical Center in Texas and assistant administrator of operations of Saint Luke's Northland Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.  Before that, he was vice president of operations directing start-up and operations for a multi-hospital corporation focusing on high-tech mobile diagnostic and support services.

Johnson has been a member of the AHA's Section for Small or Rural Hospitals and a member of a regional policy board.  He received the AHA's Shirley Ann Monroe Leadership Award in 2007 and was cited for his work in engaging with a local district hospital to develop a critical access hospital (CAH) serving two of the poorest counties in Colorado.  Johnson also works with a large, federally qualified health center to create and coordinate charity services that expand access to care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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