Metropolitan Hospitals

The Section for Metropolitan Hospitals is a membership section comprised of metropolitan/urban, suburban, public, and teaching hospitals from across the country.

  • The Section provides a unique blend of forum and network, linking hospital members with shared interests and missions, to advise AHA on policy and advocacy activities, and to discuss issues of importance to metropolitan hospitals.The AHA meets the unique needs of Metropolitan Section members by:
  • Promoting ongoing development and implementation of advocacy initiatives that support the nation’s metropolitan hospitals
  • Collaborating with constituent leaders on public policy development: seeking direct input on short-term initiatives, long-term strategic issues, and representation on AHA’s Regional Policy Boards.
  • Fostering relevant member services for metropolitan hospitals including educational programs, teleconferencing, research and technical assistance
  • Developing and maintain liaison relationships with key organizations important to metropolitan hospitals such as state and local hospital associations, America's Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

For additional information, contact the Section for Metropolitan Hospitals at 312-422-3317.


The AHA’s Section for Metropolitan Hospitals has over 1100 members from metropolitan/urban, suburban, public and teaching hospitals. To become a section member, the hospital or health system must meet one or more of the following criteria: (1) provide a significant amount of Medicare, Medicaid, and uncompensated care (2) participate in undergraduate and/or graduate medical education programs and research (3) provide high volumes of ambulatory care (4) provide specialized services and (5) are involved in professional and paraprofessional education and training programs. No additional dues are paid beyond institutional hospital membership.


Metropolitan Section hospital leaders serve a variety of governance roles within the Association. The section's governance and policymaking bodies are the governing council and regional policy board (RPBs). The Section governing council actively advises the AHA on advocacy positions, public policy issues, and member service strategies.

Executive Education, Services & Resources

Additional education, services, and resources are provided for our Metropolitan Section leaders to accelerate performance improvement and to support health reform activities.

Read on for more on how AHA serves this vital member group.

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