July 3, 2014


Celebrate Interdependence

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

We celebrate our independence from tyranny on the Fourth of July – but not our independence from one another. On the contrary, our Founding Fathers were all about bringing people together to form institutions of mutual support – including Benjamin Franklin, who helped organize and raise funds for the first hospital in 1751. Since that time, hospitals have played a pivotal role in bringing together neighbors and knowledge to improve the health and wellbeing of all. That kind of cooperation and coordination is helping hospitals today contribute to creating better, safer, more efficient and affordable health care and a healthier America. As we gather with our friends and family this Fourth to celebrate our independence, let’s celebrate our interdependence, too, and rejoice at all we are accomplishing together.

Thanks,
Rich

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