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Daniel R. Stultz, M.D., to Receive AHA's Honorary Life Membership Award

WASHINGTON (April 5, 2016) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Daniel R. Stultz, M.D., past president and CEO of the Texas Hospital Association (THA), will be presented the AHA Honorary Life Membership Award for his contributions to hospitals and health care in America. The award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the health care field and who share the mission, values and goals of the AHA. Stultz will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on May 2 in Washington, D.C.

“Dan has been a strong advocate for improving access to care for all Texans,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “He also lent his voice and expertise to further the AHA’s mission and vision. We are proud to honor Dan through this Honorary Life Membership Award for his many contributions.” 

Stultz retired as the head of THA after leading a public education program regarding the uninsured and underinsured and the need for health care reform. He also developed a hospital physician executive program to enhance quality and educational focus.

Prior to THA, Stultz was CEO of Shannon Health System in San Angelo, Texas, for seven years. Stultz participated in AHA’s policy-making process and served on AHA’s Committee on Nominations; Committee on Clinical Leadership; Physician Leadership Forum Advisory Committee; Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence National Leadership Council; Advisory Committee on Physician-Hospital Relationship Strategy; and Expert Advisory Group on Clinical Integration. He was a member of the AHAPAC Steering Committee and the Allied Hospital Association Advisory Group on Health Reform Implementation. 

Stultz earned a bachelor’s of science degree at the Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and doctor of medicine at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. In addition, he completed the CompHealth Scholars Program for management in health care at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

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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