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Mark Gavens to Chair Association's Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council

Mark Gavens, chief operating officer and senior vice president for Clinical Care Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, will lead the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals as chair of its 25-member governing council for 2011.  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 COO, Gavens oversees the Cedars-Sinai Health System which is among the nation's leading providers of health care services, medical education and research.  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center provides a full range of inpatient care services, rehabilitation medicine, and extensive outpatient diagnostic and treatment services.  Cedars-Sinai conducts National Institutes of Health and privately funded research on a broad range of research topics.  Its medical center also supports graduate medical education in a broad range of specialties for over 320 residents and fellows. 

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai in 2004, Gavens served as president of the Southside Hospitals Region and Corporate Vice President - System Services for Sentara Healthcare, an integrated health delivery and insurance system in southeastern Virginia.  From 1986 to 1997, Gavens served at 744-bed Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, most recently as the senior vice president - Administration and Corporate Services.  Earlier in his career, he held executive positions at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis.

Gavens serves as a board member of the Hospital Council of Southern California and Voluntary Hospitals of America -West Region.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, member of its Los Angeles Regents' Advisory Council, and frequent lecturer in the Masters Program of the UCLA School of Public Health.  His community service has included leadership positions on the Boards of Family Care Services of Chicago and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.

A native of West Hartford, Conn., Gavens earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. 

Fred Rothstein, M.D., president of University Hospital Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio is this year's chair-elect.  Julie Quirin, CEO of Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. is immediate past chair.

Members serve three-year terms.  Newly elected members include:  Melinda Estes, M.D., president and CEO, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt.; Christine Candio, R.N., CEO, Inova Alexandria Hospital, and senior vice president, Inova Health System, Alexandria, Va.; Valinda Rutledge, president and CEO, CaroMont Health, Gastonia, N.C.; Therese Pandl, R.N., Eastern Wisconsin Division president and CEO, Hospital Sisters Health System, and CEO, St. Vincent Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay, Wis.; Stephen L. Goeser, president and CEO, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Neb.; and Donna Sollenberger, EVP and CEO, University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Galveston, Texas.

Members newly appointed include: Kathleen E. Kuck, president and CEO, Pocono Health System, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Sherrie Sitarik, president and CEO, Orlando Health, Orlando, Fla.; Debra D. Carey, CEO, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Wright L. Lassiter, III, CEO, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, Calf.; and W. Stephen Love, president, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, Irving, Texas.

The new governing council members join the following current members: 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.; David Crane, president and CEO, Adventist West Health, Hinsdale, Ill. ; Clay Holderman, VP of operations, Central Delivery System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, N.M.; Reginald Coopwood, M.D., president and CEO, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., Terri Kane, CEO and administrator, Dixie Regional Medical Center, Saint George, Utah; Kurt Stuenkel, president and CEO, Floyd Medical Center, Rome, Ga.; and Nancy Steiger, CEO, St. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham, Wash.

The Metropolitan governing council advises the AHA on federal policy issues.  For more information please go to http://www.aha.org/aha/member-center/constituency-sections/Metropolitan/index.html.  


About the AHA's Section for Metropolitan Hospitals

The AHA's Section for Metropolitan Hospitals provides representation; advocacy and educational opportunities to help the nation's suburban and urban hospitals better serve the health needs of patients and communities.  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 includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 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 Web site at www.aha.org.

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 www.aha.org.

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