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Rick Pollack Named President and CEO of the American Hospital Association

WASHINGTON (May 4, 2015) – The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees today announced Rick Pollack as the next president and chief executive officer of the national group representing America’s hospitals and health systems. A 32-year veteran of the AHA, Pollack will succeed Richard J. Umbdenstock, who announced his retirement in November and will retire at the end of 2015.

Since 1991, Pollack has served as AHA’s executive vice president for advocacy and public policy responsible for the development, implementation and management of the association’s advocacy, representation and public affairs activities, which have been cited by numerous national publications as one of the most influential and effective lobbying organizations in Washington. He will become the 11th person to hold the top post in the association’s 117-year history. 

“Rick brings the right mix of skills to this role. His effective advocacy combined with his passion and commitment to the mission of hospitals and the men and women who work there will serve the association well,” said AHA Chairman Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., who is president of clinical services and chief medical officer of the Nashville-based HCA. “He will build on the many strengths of the past and ably lead the association into the future.”

Pollack will become the AHA’s president and CEO in September.  A Brooklyn native, Pollack, 59, started his professional career in 1977 as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin.  He left Capitol Hill to become a lobbyist with the American Nurses Association.  He went on to join the AHA’s Washington Office, where he has been a member of the association’s advocacy team, initially serving as associate director for legislation, and then vice president for federal relations and deputy director of the D.C. office before becoming executive vice president. 

Pollack holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the State University of New York’s College at Cortland.  He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. 

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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