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AHA Board Elects Eugene A. Woods Chair-Elect Designate

SAN FRANCISCO (July 23, 2015) - The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees has elected Eugene “Gene” Woods, president and COO of CHRISTUS Health, as its chair-elect designate. Woods will assume the chairmanship in 2017, becoming the top elected official of the national organization that represents America’s hospitals and health systems.  

Woods joined CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas, in 2011 and is responsible for overseeing acute, post-acute and international operations for all of CHRISTUS Health’s regions in the U.S., Mexico and Chile. CHRISTUS Health has more than 40 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 100 clinics and outpatient centers, and 30,000 associates. 

Woods has more than 25 years of experience in health system leadership positions. His experience includes overseeing rural, community and large urban teaching hospitals. He has worked in for-profit, government, non-profit and faith-based systems and in regional and national health systems. 

He is a member of the AHA Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee and chair of the Equity of Care Committee. He previously served on the AHA’s Health Care Systems Governing Council, Regional Policy Board 3 and the NOVA Awards and Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award committees. Woods was a regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives on two occasions and a board member for the National Association of Health Services Executives. 

“As hospitals continue to transform themselves to improve care for their patients and communities, I look forward to leading the AHA in spurring those efforts and working with members in support of the AHA mission to advance the health of individuals and communities,” said Woods. 

Woods was recognized as a Modern Healthcare Up and Comer in 2001, and is the three-time recipient of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Minority Executive honors. In 2013, the National Association of Health Services Executives also named him Senior Healthcare Executive of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, master’s degree in business administration and master’s in health administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

About the AHA

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