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Richard P. Filippi to Receive AHA Distinguished Service Award

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) will present its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Richard P. de Filippi, 2010 AHA chairman of the board and champion for disparities elimination and leadership diversity in health care. This award recognizes significant lifetime contributions and service to health care institutions and associations. De Filippi will receive the award at a ceremony on May 4 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

De Filippi served as chair of the AHA Board of Trustees in 2010 and joined the AHA Board of Trustees in 2006. Currently, he chairs the AHA’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management board and the Center for Healthcare Governance advisory committee. He also is a member of the AHA’s Equity of Care Committee.

“Rick has been a leading voice in AHA’s ongoing efforts to eliminate health care disparities and promote diversity throughout the field of health care,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “He has been a strong and thoughtful leader in community health improvement and minority health, and he exemplifies the important role of trustees in health care delivery and in the AHA.”

A strong advocate for safety-net hospitals and vulnerable populations, de Filippi served as a trustee and chairman of the board of the Cambridge Health Alliance, a major Boston area safety-net academic health care system with three inpatient campuses and more than 20 community health centers. During his tenure, Cambridge Health Alliance grew from a single, city-owned hospital into a regional, award-winning public health care system as recognized by the AHA in its Foster G. McGaw Prize and by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement in their Pursuing Perfection Program.

De Filippi is managing partner of the Ariano Partnership, a consulting group working largely with emerging technology-based companies. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., and master’s and doctorate in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.


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