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AHA appoints new trustee to its board


Judith Rich, president and CEO of Tucson Medical Center (TMC) Healthcare in Tucson, Ariz., has been named to the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA).  The board is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.

Rich began her tenure as president and CEO of TMC Healthcare in 2007 after serving as senior consultant for The Bard Group in Newton, Mass., from 2006 to 2007.  Previously, Rich served as senior vice president and chief operations officer at TMC Healthcare from 2003-2006. In addition, she has held positions as vice president of clinical services and operations at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; nurse management at St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan Hospitals in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and as nursing care coordinator and advanced staff nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

“Judy brings a wealth of clinical health care knowledge to the AHA Board of Trustees,” said Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO, Advocate Health Care and chairman of the AHA Board of Trustees. “As the field continues to evolve, Judy’s depth of experience will help guide the AHA and our hospital and health system members into the future.” 

Rich served as the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) board chair from 2012-2015 and has been a member of the AzHHA board since 2008.  In addition, she has served on numerous local, state and national boards and committees. 

She received a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.

Rich’s term on the AHA Board begins immediately and runs through December 31, 2018.


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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