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AHA Announces Annual Membership Awards

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced today several awards that the AHA and its affiliated organizations will present during its 2015 Annual Membership meeting in Washington, May 3-6, 2015.

The award honorees include:

Richard P. de Filippi to Receive AHA Distinguished Service Award

The 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

Todd Linden and Tim Rice to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

The AHA will present Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa, and R. Timothy Rice, chief executive officer emeritus, Cone Health System, Greensboro, N.C., with its 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.

Spencer Johnson and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Receive AHA’s Award of Honor

The AHA will present its Award of Honor to Spencer Johnson, president of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and its subsidiaries in Okemos, Mich., and to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, N.J. The award is given to organizations and individuals in recognition of exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of people through leadership on major health policies or social initiatives.    

Glenn Steele to be Presented the AHA Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award

The AHA will present its Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award to Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa. The award recognizes people or organizations that have developed or introduced an influential, innovative approach to health care financing and/or health care delivery to improve access or coordination of care.

AHA to Honor Four Hospital Volunteer Programs with HAVE Award

The AHA honors four hospital volunteer programs with the Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE). The AHA HAVE Awards Program is in its 32nd year and highlights the extraordinary efforts of volunteer programs and the positive impact their contributions have on the patients, hospitals, health systems and communities they serve.

The winning facilities are:

  • Community Service Program –“Fairview’s Youth Grief Services,” Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis
  • Fundraising Program – “Tails on the Trails Walk-A-Thon,” Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, Calif.
  • In-Service Hospital Volunteer Program – “Victory Band,” Detroit Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Detroit
  • Community Outreach and/or Collaboration Program – “Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP),” UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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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