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Julie Quirin to Chair Association's Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council

Julie Quirin, CEO of Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City will lead the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals as chair of its 24-member governing council for 2010. The Section is a forum for suburban and urban hospitals to discuss common interests and concerns and to participate in the AHA policy process.

As CEO, Quirin oversees Saint Luke's, a 629 bed tertiary care facility with physicians in 56 different medical specialties. Saint Luke's is recognized for its cardiac treatment, innovation in research, and the Center for medical education and primary teaching for the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine. Saint Luke's Hospital is among the top five percent nationally for Patient Safety and won the 2006 Missouri Quality Award, the official state recognition for excellence in quality leadership.

Quirin was previously president and CEO of Saint Luke's South hospital in Overland Park, Kan. Saint Luke's South was honored in 2004 with the Kansas Award for Excellence from the Kansas Excellence Foundation. This award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige criteria and is the state's most prestigious business award.

Prior to her appointment at Saint Luke's South, Quirin was Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning for Saint Luke's Health System. Prior to her work with Saint Luke's, Quirin held positions with Shawnee Mission Medical Center, HealthNet and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General for Kansas City, Missouri.

Quirin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Kansas.

Mark Gavens, senior vice president, Clinical Care Services and chief operating officer for Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles is this year's chair-elect. Brian A. Gragnolati, president and CEO of Suburban Hospital Healthcare System in Bethesda, Md is immediate past chair.

The Metropolitan governing council advises the AHA on federal policy issues. Members serve three-year terms. Newly elected members include: David Crane, President and CEO, Adventist West Health, Hinsdale, Ill ; Clay Holderman, Administrator, Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, N.M; H. Ray Welch, President and CEO, Mercy Health System, Conshohocken, Pa. Members newly appointed include: Reginald Coopwood, M.D., CEO, Nashville General Hospital, Nashville, Tenn; Terri Kane, CEO and Administrator, Dixie Regional Medical Center, Saint George, Utah; Debra D. Carey, Chief Executive Officer, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

The new governing council members join the following current members: Christopher Mosley, president and CEO, Chesapeake Health, Chesapeake, Va.; Fred Rothstein, M.D., president, University Hospital Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio; Thomas Breitenbach, president and CEO, Premier Health Partners, Dayton, Ohio; Susan Brody, president and CEO, Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Thomas D. O'Connor, president, Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Laurence Tanner, president and CEO, The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain; 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. and Michael Madden, system 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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