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AHA Elects New Trustees to the Board

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has elected eight new members to its Board of Trustees for terms beginning January 1, 2012.  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:

Christopher M. Dadlez is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.  He previously served as president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, in Canton, Ohio, and executive vice president of the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System, the largest health care provider in New Jersey.  Before that, he served as president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Health Group, a parent company of Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J.

As a regional trustee, Dadlez will serve as chair of AHA's Regional Policy Board 1.  He also is a member of the AHA Equity of Care Committee and an AHA Fellow in Healthcare System Reform.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and serves on the board and executive committee of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers.  He is also a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dadlez was appointed to the Connecticut Healthcare Reform Advisory Board, is a member of the Governor's Prevention Partnership, and served on the Governor's Council on Economic Competitiveness and Technology.  He is the current chairman of the Connecticut Hospital Association's board. Dadlez was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in 2010.  He earned his bachelor's degree in biology at the University of New Hampshire and his master's in hospital administration at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Christopher Durovich, the president and CEO of Children's Medical Center of Dallas, has more than 30 years of leadership experience in adult and pediatric health care and physician practice management.  Prior to joining Children's in 2003, Durovich served in leadership roles at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Michigan Health System and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation.  He also served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. 

Durovich served as chair of the Child Health Corporation of America and is a board member of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Other industry and civic leadership activities have included serving on the board of directors of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions; on the board and executive committee of the Texas Hospital Association; and on an AHA RPB and AHA's Section for Maternal and Child Health.  He is past chair of the Children's Hospital Association of Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Dallas Regional Chamber's Health System CEO Council. 

Durovich earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, a Master of Science degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Business Administration degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.  Durovich also has served as an adjunct professor at Rice University in Texas.

Dan Gross, RN, DNSc, is the executive vice president for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, overseeing four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, government relations and clinical effectiveness at the organization.  Gross began his career at Sharp in 1979 as a clinical nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital.  Over the years, he served as clinical nurse IV, director of patient care services, regional director of critical care, regional director of patient care services and system vice president of clinical services.  Previously, Gross served as CEO of the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus for 11 years, where he had oversight of three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, home care services and two senior centers.

Gross is past chair of the California Hospital Association; chair of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties; a member of AHA's RPB 9; chair of the Trauma Center Association of America; and adjunct faculty for several universities.  Gross received his bachelor's degree in nursing from Wichita State University in Kansas, his master's in nursing administration from San Diego State University and his doctor of nursing science from the University of San Diego.

Donna Katen-Bahensky is president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisc.  Previously, Katen-Bahensky served as CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the senior associate vice president for medical affairs at University of Iowa Health Care.  She also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics in Richmond, Va.  She began her career at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she rose to hospital COO after having started as the director of strategic planning and marketing and completing an administrative residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals.

Katen-Bahensky has served on the board of directors of the University HealthSystem Consortium; was an alternate delegate for an AHA RPB and is currently a member of the administrative board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the AAMC and AHA's Committee on Health Professions. Katen-Bahensky is a board member of the American Heart Association's Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors.  In addition, she is a member of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Katen-Bahensky received her bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's of science degree in public health administration, with an emphasis in health services management, from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

R. Timothy Stack has served as president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta since December 2001.  He previously served as president and CEO of both Borgess Health Alliance and Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.  Prior to joining Borgess, Stack was president and CEO of South Side Healthcare System in Pittsburgh, Pa.  He also served as senior vice president and COO at Central Medical Center and Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Stack served a partial term on the AHA Operations Committee in 2001 and on several AHA regional policy boards.  As a regional trustee, he will serve as chair of AHA's RPB 4.  He is a member of the AHA's Advisory Committee on Physician-Hospital Relationships.  He chaired the Georgia Hospital Association board, serves on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce board, and has been an ACHE fellow since 1990.  Stack earned a bachelor's degree from Bethany College in West Virginia and a master's in hospital administration from the Medical College of Virginia.

Mary Starmann-Harrison is president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill.  In that capacity, she is responsible for a multi-institutional Catholic health care system of 13 hospitals and numerous physician practices throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.  Previously, Starmann-Harrison was the president and CEO of SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. 

As a regional trustee, Starmann-Harrison will serve as chair of AHA's Regional Policy Board 5.  She graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Science in Health Service Administration, and a bachelor's in nursing.  She was the Wisconsin Hospital Association board chair for 2006 and a member of the Wisconsin Hospital Association Board of Directors since 2000.  She also served on AHA's RPB 5 and is an ACHE fellow. 

Maureen Swick, RN, MSN, Ph.D., NEA-BC, is senior vice president/chief nurse executive at Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.  Leading more than 5,000 nurses at multiple sites, Swick is responsible for nursing practice, education, research, strategy and operations across the Inova system.  Swick's background includes more than 20 years of leadership in designing and optimizing clinical operations to drive business performance, strategic planning, organizational development, transformational leadership and critical decision-making.  Her prior positions include vice president of patient care services at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., and vice president of patient care services at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J.  

She is a member of numerous professional nursing organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, where she served two years as a board member representing Region 2 as well as the American Nurses Association; and the Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey, where she spent 13 years as a board member, including past president. She is a member of ACHE and has served on an AHA RPB.  She holds a bachelor's in nursing from Monmouth University in New Jersey, a master's in nursing from Columbia University, New York City and a doctorate in health care administration from Kennedy Western University.

Barbara L. Wilson is the immediate past chair of St. Luke's Treasure Valley Board of Directors in Boise, Idaho, having served for 15 years.  She began her 27-year career in telecommunications in Pacific Northwest Bell's sales and marketing division, and held successive executive positions at US West Communications.  In 2000, she was named Idaho and Regional Vice President - Western Region following U S West's merger with Qwest Communications.  Wilson retired from Qwest in 2001.

Wilson was a member of the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) of San Francisco Board of Directors for six years, was on the executive committee for all six years and chaired the audit committee for four years.  Previously she served a three-year term at the Salt Lake City Branch Board for the San Francisco FRB, with two years as chair.  Her board and council participation in community and government organizations includes:  Boise Airport Commissioner for 10 years, Governor's Economic Stimulus Committee, Governor's Science and Technology Advisory Council, Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence, Idaho Business Council, Idaho Governor's 2002 Winter Games Committee, Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (executive committee member), Boise Area Economic Development Council and Boise State University College of Business and Economics Advisory Council  chair.  She served on the AHA Committee on Governance from 2008-2010.  Wilson received a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from the University of Puget Sound in Washington and a master's in business administration from the University of Washington. 

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