Richard J. Pollack

President & CEO

Richard J. Pollack, President and CEO, American Hospital Association, headshot.Rick Pollack is president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the nation’s largest hospital and health care system membership organization with nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care. Rick came to the AHA in 1982 and assumed the top leadership position in 2015, where he is widely recognized as having a reputation for playing an integral role in influencing key health care policy issues for more than three decades.

As president and CEO, Rick leads the association in representing hospitals and health systems in shaping the health care landscape, representing the nation’s hospitals on advocacy issues, and developing strategies and tools to help members provide better care to the patients and communities they serve.

As a result of Rick’s success in creating a sophisticated political and grassroots network with member hospitals in every congressional district in the country, the AHA is often cited as one of the most influential and effective advocacy organizations in Washington.

Under Rick’s leadership, the AHA significantly grew its political action committee AHAPAC, now one of the largest health care political action committees in the U.S., to support congressional candidates who stand with hospitals and patients. Through his vision, the AHA was a founding member in 2000 of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care – a vast online community of more than two million people dedicated to generating public support for America’s hospitals.

Rick has also been a leader in efforts to expand health coverage in the U.S., taking part in many broad-based national coalitions that have ultimately led to coverage expansions. He also played a key role in supporting and leading the association’s efforts to address improving quality and patient safety, eliminating disparities in care, and promoting diversity in the health care field.

As the CEO, he also serves on the AHA Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care. In addition, he is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, and the Special Medical Advisory Group to the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Rick began his career in Washington, D.C., in 1976, as a legislative assistant to Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin. He left Capitol Hill to become a legislative representative for the American Nurses Association. He also previously served as AHA’s vice president for legislation, and executive vice president for advocacy and public policy.

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the State University of New York College at Cortland. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, D.C. A proud father and grandfather, he and his wife Diane live in Arlington, Va.

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