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James J. Mongan, M.D., to Receive AHA Distinguished Service Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) will present its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to James J. Mongan, M.D., former president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare in Boston.  This award recognizes significant lifetime contributions and service to the nation's health care institutions and associations.  Dr. Mongan will receive the award at a ceremony on Monday, April 26th at the AHA Annual Membership meeting in Washington. 

"Throughout his career, Jim has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to improving coverage and access, as well as advancing and improving health care for all," said AHA president and CEO Rich Umbdenstock.  "His expertise in transforming hospitals into more transparent, high-quality organizations is without equal and this award acknowledges his hard work on behalf of patients and hospitals nationwide." 

Dr. Mongan has been a recognized leader in health care delivery and health care financing for decades.  He retired as head of Partners HealthCare at the end of last year.  Before serving as president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare, he served for seven years as president of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard University Medical School.  

Previously, Dr. Mongan served 15 years as executive director of the Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City and as dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.  Additionally, he served as a staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Finance in Washington, D.C., working on Medicare and Medicaid legislation, as well as the deputy assistant secretary for health and as associate director of the domestic policy staff for the Carter Administration. 

Dr. Mongan has been an important contributor to the AHA, serving on both the AHA board of trustees, as well as on the Health Research and Educational Trust's board.  Additionally, he has served on AHA's Section for Metropolitan Hospitals governing council and the Council on Allied and Government Relations.  He also served on committees addressing issues such as Medicaid voluntary contribution, Medicare area wage index, alternatives to the diagnosis related groups prospective pricing system and care for the uninsured.

Dr. Mongan is a past member of the Kaiser Family Foundation board and was a member of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission of the United States Congress. Dr. Mongan is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  Additionally, he serves on the board of the Commonwealth Fund and chairs its Commission on a High Performance Health System.   Dr. Mongan has received numerous awards and was recognized by Modern Healthcare as the Most Powerful Physician Executive in the U.S. in 2008.

Dr. Mongan earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and his medical degree from Stanford University Medical School.  He completed his internship at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco and served for two years in public health service.

About Partners HealthCare

Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.  In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health-related entities.  Partners is one of the nation's leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.

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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