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Tomás León Named New President and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management

Chicago – April 22, 2015 – Today, the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (Institute) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) named Manuel Tomás León as its new president and CEO. Leon will lead the Institute’s efforts to expand health care leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally and racially diverse individuals. León succeeds Fred Hobby, who led the Institute for the last 10 years.

“We are delighted to have Tomás build upon the outstanding accomplishments the Institute has achieved and we look forward to his leadership as we continue to promote diversity within the health care field,” said Rick de Filippi, Institute board chair.

Most recently, León served as the president and CEO of the People of Color Network, Inc., a community-based accountable care network serving a population of approximately 6,000 individuals in the greater Phoenix region. In Arizona, León’s roles and responsibilities included leadership positions in a community foundation, chamber of commerce as well as behavioral health organization. He also has partnered with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives to launch a diversity and inclusion initiative.

“Tomás is an accomplished and dedicated health care leader. His innovation experience and purpose-driven energy will further the Institute’s mission and accelerate the call to action to eliminate health care disparities,” said Maulik Joshi, AHA associate executive vice president and  president of the Health Research & Educational Trust.

León has received a number of honors for his work and leadership. In 2014, he was recognized by the Arizona Healthcare Executives and Diversity Leadership Alliance with achievement awards for his leadership in advancing diversity and inclusion practices and initiatives. He was acknowledged by the Wellness Council of Arizona as the Executive Champion for Worksite Wellness, complemented by a Healthiest Workplace in the Valley Award by The Arizona Republic in 2013. The Arizona Daily Star recognized him as one of Tucson's 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in 2003, and he also was honored for his dedication to the advancement of the Hispanic community that same year by the Hispanic Professional Action Committee.

León earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

About the Institute

The National Association of Health Services Executives, ACHE and AHA united to create the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (Institute) in 1994. The Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that works closely with health services organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management. The Institute’s mission is to expand health care leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals, and to increase the number of these individuals entering and advancing in the field., To accomplish this, the Institute has designed several initiatives to generate significant long-term results through educational programs, summer internships, professional development and leadership conferences. For more information, please visit

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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