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Penny Brooke to Chair AHA's Committee on Governance
Kimberly McNally Named Chair-Elect

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Penny Brooke will be chair and Kimberly McNally, will be chair-elect for the AHA's 2011 Committee on Governance (COG). 

The COG is a specialty committee of the AHA Board of Trustees. The committee is responsible for leading effective involvement of the nation's hospital trustees in grassroots advocacy, providing input into AHA's policy development, enhancing communication with and involvement of trustees in the AHA, and providing advice on AHA's trustee initiatives.

Brooke joined the COG and one of the AHA's Regional Policy Boards, which assist in fostering and maintaining communication between the AHA and its membership and state associations, in 2007.  She serves on the board of Intermountain Healthcare Central Urban Region and has been a member since 1989 where she has chaired the Credential, Human Resources and Quality Committees. She also served as a trustee for Intermountain Healthcare corporate board from 1987 through 2009, chairing its Professional Standards Committee during the last five years of her term.

Brooke has served as a board member of the Utah Hospital and Health Systems Association (UHHA), chaired its Trustee Council, co-chaired its Patient Safety Task Force and continues to chair its Quality Council.  As a member of the Utah State Bar Association, Brooke chaired their Healthcare-Legal Committee.  Brooke is also a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing and licensed as a psychiatric nurse specialist.  She received her bachelor's, master's and law degrees from the University of Utah.

McNally joined the COG in 2008, and was a member of the AHA Blue Ribbon Panel on Trustee Competencies.  As a trustee and past president of the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., McNally has served on the Executive, Governance, Quality and Health Care/Strategic Planning Committees.  Harborview Medical Center is a county-owned Level 1 trauma and burn center for four states, and serves as a teaching and research facility for the University of Washington.  She serves on the Washington State Hospital Association Board and Executive Committee.  Previously, McNally served on the boards of the American Society for Healthcare Education and Training, Seattle Mental Health and Washington Homecare Association.  Additionally, she was president of the Health Care Education Association. 

McNally is president of McNally & Associates, a firm that provides executive coaching, team development and retreat facilitation to health care organizations across the country.  She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Saint Anselm College (Manchester, N.H.) and a master's in nursing from the University of Washington.

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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