Press Release

Joann Anderson, MSN, FACHE, to Chair AHA's Section for Small or Rural Governing Council

WASHINGTON – January 14, 2015 – Joann Anderson, MSN, FACHE, president and CEO of Southeastern Health in Lumberton, N.C., will lead the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2015. The 18-person governing council represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA’s policy process and member services initiatives. 

 

Prior to joining Southeastern Health as president and CEO in May 2007, Anderson was the CEO of Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, Ky. Her background is in nursing. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) from Bellarmine College. Anderson serves on the North Carolina Hospital Association Board of Directors and chairs the Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance Board. She is a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives, serving as a regent for North Carolina.

 

Anderson is very active in the Lumberton community, matching her organization’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the individuals in the region. She sits on the local board of BB&T, Campbell University and NC Southeast Partnership. In addition, she is a member of the Lumberton Rotary Club and serves on the board of Water Works Art and Givens Performing Arts Center at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

 

Mary Ellen Pratt, president and chief executive officer of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher, La., will serve as chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2016. Paul R. Bengtson, CEO at Northeastern Vermont Regional, Saint Johnsbury, Vt., is immediate past chair. Larry W. Veitz, chief executive officer, Spearfish Regional Hospital, Spearfish, S.D. is the liaison to the governing council from the AHA Board of Trustees.

 

The small or rural governing council advises the AHA on federal policy issues. Newly elected members serving for three-year terms beginning Jan1, 2015 include: Dave Schreiner, president and CEO, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, Ill.; Jay Kreuzer, CEO, Kona Community Hospital, Kealakekua, Hawaii; Craig Val Davidson, CEO, Milford Valley Memorial Hospital, Milford, Utah; Joan Coffman, president and CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; and Elmore Patterson, CEO, Greene County Hospital, Eutaw, Ala.; and Eric Bour, M.D., president, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Simpsonville. S.C.

 

The new governing council members join the following current members: Warren West, CEO, Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton, N.H.; Jason F. Hawkins, president and CEO, Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, Pa.; Mark Webster, CEO, Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, N.Y.; Jason Merkley, CEO, Brookings Health System, Brookings, S.D.; Jason Spring, CEO, North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, Mont.; John G. Williams, CEO, Barton Memorial Hospital, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Rachelle Schultz, president and CEO, Winona Health, Winona, Minn.; and Patrick Wallace, administrator, East Texas Medical Center Athens, Athens, Texas.

 

About the AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals

The AHA's Section for Small or Rural Hospitals provides representation; advocacy and educational opportunities to help the nation's small or rural hospitals better serve the health needs of patients and communities. The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

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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