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Patrick E. Fry to Chair AHA's Constituency Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council

WASHINGTON (January 6, 2015) – Patrick E. Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health in Sacramento, Calif., is the 2015 chairman of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) constituency section for Health Care Systems Governing Council. 

With a career spanning more than three decades with Sutter Health and its not-for-profit network of hospitals and physician organizations, Fry assumed the position of Sutter’s president and CEO in June 2005. He joined the organization in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, later taking on leadership roles at local affiliate and regional levels, including regional president for affiliates in the Greater Sacramento Region, president of eastern operations throughout Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley and, in 1999, leading Sutter Health’s Western Division in the San Francisco Bay Area.  From 2000-2005, Fry served as chief operating officer and executive vice president.

The Sutter Health network consists of nearly 5,000 physicians aligned under the Sutter Medical Network, 24 acute care hospitals and one of the nation’s largest home health and hospice programs. Approximately 48,000 employees deliver and support health care in the Sutter Health network, serving patients and their families in more than 100 northern California cities and towns.  Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

Nick Turkal, M.D., president and CEO of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, is the chairman-elect of the constituency section for Health Care Systems Governing Council and will assume the role of chairman in 2016. M. Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) in Brewer, Maine, is the immediate past chair. 

Returning governing council members are: David Blom, president and CEO, OhioHealth Corporation, Columbus, Ohio; Lloyd Dean, president and CEO, Dignity Health, San Francisco; Larry Kaiser, M.D., president and CEO, Temple University Health System, Philadelphia; Reynold Jennings, FACHE, CEO, WellStar Health System, Marietta, Ga.; William Leaver, president and CEO, UnityPoint Health, West Des Moines, Iowa.; Joseph McDonald, president and CEO, Catholic Health System, Buffalo, N.Y.; Robert Pryor, M.D., president, COO and CMO, Baylor Scott & White Health, Temple, Texas;

Rulon Stacey, Ph.D., FACHE,  president, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis and Thomas Sadvary, CEO, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, Scottsdale, Ariz..

New appointees elected to serve on the council for three-year terms are: Carl Armato, president and CEO, Novant Health, Winston Salem, N.C.; Marna Borgstrom, president and CEO, Yale New Haven Health System, New Haven, Conn.; Ruth Brinkley, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Catholic Health Initiatives and president and CEO, KentuckyOne Health, Louisville, Ky.; Steve J. Corwin, M.D., CEO, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York; Jesus Garza, president and CEO, Seton Healthcare Family and Ascension Ministry Market Leader Texas/Arizona, Austin, Texas; Richard Gilfillan, M.D., president and CEO, Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich.; Rodney Hochman, M.D., president and CEO, Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash. and Michael Slubowski, FACHE, CEO, SCL Health, Denver.

About the AHA

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