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AHA Announces Changes to Washington Office Operations

WASHINGTON — September 10, 2015 — The AHA today announced several promotions in its Washington, DC office.  Tom Nickels has been promoted to executive vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy (GRPP) where he will manage federal relations and public policy analysis and development.


“Tom’s knowledge of our members, legislative and regulatory expertise, and unparalleled political insight will continue to ensure that the AHA’s public policy advocacy efforts for America’s hospitals will continue to have a strong voice,” said Rick Pollack, who became AHA’s president and CEO September 1. Nickels will succeed Pollack as executive vice president. 


Nickels, a 21-year veteran of the AHA, most recently served as the association’s senior vice president for federal relations. Nickels received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Dickinson College and a law degree from New York University School of Law.


In addition, Robyn Bash has been promoted to vice president, Government Relations and Public Policy Operations. Working with Nickels, she will have primary responsibility for the overall operations and management of GRPP. Bash will continue in her role as coordinator of executive branch relations, and serve as a key liaison to congressional offices and health systems. Bash earned her Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University. 


Rejoining the AHA on September 14 is Lisa Kidder Hrobsky as vice president, grassroots advocacy. Most recently, Hrobsky served as president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise. Previously, she was AHA vice president for legislative affairs. She will coordinate AHA’s grassroots advocacy activities. Hrobsky received her Bachelor of Arts from Boise State University and attended the University of Idaho to receive her master’s degree.



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