Press Release

Statement on the Election of Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Benjamin Chu, M.D., and Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, R.N., to the National Academy Of Medicine (Formerly the Institute of Medicine)




October 19, 2015 

The American Hospital Association congratulates Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Benjamin Chu, M.D., and Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, R.N., on their election to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). These individuals have a demonstrated track record of using pioneering approaches to improve health care for millions of people.

Dr. Perlin’s insight and guidance to NAM come at a pivotal time in health care. Dr. Perlin has a keen understanding and commitment to a healthier nation, believing health care and its leaders are forces for social change. As chairman of the AHA Board of Trustees, his passion and compassion, and his record of achievements, have helped the AHA better serve patients and hospitals. As president of clinical services and chief medical officer at HCA, Dr. Perlin has improved clinical core measures to benchmark levels and implemented advanced patient safety programs, including efforts to eliminate preventable and drug-resistant healthcare-associated infections. His work on reducing early elective deliveries has improved the health and well-being of mothers and babies. Prior to joining HCA, Dr. Perlin made his mark on the nation’s largest integrated public health care system, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), where he championed electronic health records and led the VHA quality to international and national recognition.

Dr. Chu, a previous chairman of the AHA Board of Trustees, has worked to improve health care and ensure that the health care system serves patients in a way that meets their individual needs. Throughout his career, Dr. Chu has been a passionate advocate for timely access to high-quality, patient-centered care. He began his career in New York City’s public health system working to improve the way underserved patients receive care. As president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Dr. Chu focused on quality and patient safety, and established a corporate-wide process redesign initiative to encourage a patient-centered culture. As regional president of Southern California for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Dr. Chu has helped build robust patient and population care management tools that have markedly improved patient outcomes.

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, R.N., vice president and chief nurse executive of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is a passionate advocate for patients who has helped to elevate the profession of nursing. A national leader, Burnes Bolton serves as president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), a subsidiary of the AHA. She is dedicated to improving cultural diversity and disparities in health care as well as educating and mentoring the next generation of nurse leaders. She also provided leadership as chair of the National Advisory Committee of Transforming Care at the Bedside and as vice chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine.

We salute them for earning one of the highest honors in health care and are proud of their enormous contributions that continue to advance health care in America.



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