Press Release

Fred P. Gattas, Jr. to Chair AHA’S Committee on Governance

February 10, 2015 – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Fred P. Gattas, Jr. will be chair and Margaret Wagner Dahl will be chair-elect for the AHA's 2015 Committee on Governance (COG).  

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

Fred P. Gattas, Jr. is a trustee at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, a pediatric treatment and research hospital. He began his board service 25 years ago and recently served as board secretary. Gattas served on a number of St. Jude committees: audit, long-range planning and building and investment. He also represented St. Jude’s on the Tennessee Hospital Association Trustee Council. 

Gattas formerly served on the American Hospital Association’s regional policy board, governance, and leadership development committees. Additionally, he was a member of the board of directors for the Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Self-employed, Gattas is the president of Gattas Company, a management consulting company specializing in strategic planning and business development. His alma mater is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Margaret Dahl, board member of WellStar Health Network ACO in Marietta, Ga., will serve as chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2016. Bina Eggensperger, trustee of Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Mont., is the immediate past chair. Kimberly A. McNally, trustee, UW Medicine in Seattle, serves as the AHA board liaison to the Committee on Governance.

Newly elected members serving three-year terms beginning January 1, 2015, include: Marie O’Brien, board chair, Bristol Hospital, Bristol, Conn.; Durwood Dominy, board secretary, Colquitt Medical Center, Moultrie, Ga.; Connie Vitali, M.D., board chair, Rockford Health, Rockford, Ill.; J. Lynne Cannon, board chair, Robert Wood Johnson-Hamilton Medical Center, New Brunswick, N.J.; Elizabeth Merry, trustee, LRGHealthcare, Laconia, N.H.; Vic Orler, trustee, Presence Health, Chicago; Sharon Rossmark, board vice-chair, Sinai Health System, Chicago; Dan Schuette, trustee, St. Charles Health System, Bend, Ore.; and Galen Wiser, board vice-chair, Providence Medical Center, Wayne, Neb.

The new committee members join current COG members: Matthew Gross, board chair, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, Ohio; Edison Jensen, trustee, Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Gerry Lewis-Jenkins, trustee, Platte Valley Medical Center, Brighton, Colo.; Ronald A. Loving, trustee, Erlanger Medical Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Sarah Schermerhorn, trustee, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, N.Y.; Joe Wilkins, board chair, St. Joseph Hoag Health Network, Irvine, Calif,; Joseph J. Fennessy, board chair, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y.; James A. Hartley, board chair, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Va.; Edward L. Hatcher, immediate past-chair, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa; David B. Hyman, DDS, board vice-chair, Hartford HealthCare, Hartford, Conn.; Brenda Ireland, board chair, Woman’s Christian Association Hospital, Jamestown, N.Y.; Donna J. King, trustee, SCL Health System, Denver; Anthony Stanowski, trustee, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Baltimore; Andrew Stern, trustee, Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas; and Anthony G. Wagner, board chair, Sutter Health West Bay Region Hospitals, San Francisco. 


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