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Tim Rice to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that R. Timothy Rice, chief executive officer emeritus, Cone Health, Greensboro, N.C., will be awarded its 2015 Board of Trustees Award. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA. Rice will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, May 4 in Washington, D.C.

“By bringing his expertise in organizational leadership, governance and teamwork to the AHA and The Joint Commission, Tim’s contributions to the health care field are impressive and lasting,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “As a pharmacist and executive, he has a deep appreciation of the diverse clinical expertise it takes to care for patients across settings and for the value of teamwork and mentorship.” 

Rice serves as an AHA commissioner on The Joint Commission. At The Joint Commission, he provided valuable insight on how policy changes would affect health care organizations. Through sharing his health care acumen, patient care benefits from the adoption of new approaches by The Joint Commission.  

Rice served as chief executive officer of Cone Health for 10 years, filling many other roles in the organization since 1978. He began his career as a pharmacist before obtaining a graduate degree in health administration at Duke University.

Rice chaired the board of the North Carolina Hospital Association and received the organization’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, in 2012. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Committee for Economic Development and serves as the president and board chair for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. He recently completed service on AHA’s Regional Policy Board.

Todd Linden, president of Grinnell Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa, also will receive the 2015 Board of Trustees Award.

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

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