The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award  recognizes those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital and who are tireless advocates for hospitals and their patients.


The 2017 Grassroots Champions are:


Alabama – L. Keith Granger

President and Chief Executive Officer, Grandview Medical Center


Alaska – Barbara Bigelow

Administrator, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center


Arizona – Brian Turney

Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Kingman Regional Medical Center


Arkansas – Gary L. Bebow, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, White River Health System


California – Elly Garner

Director, Government Affairs, Palomar Health


Colorado – Sheri Trahern

Chief Executive Officer, St. Thomas More Hospital


Connecticut – Kurt A. Barwis, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Hospital & Health Care Group


District of Columbia – Kathleen Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN

Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Operating Officer, Children’s National Health System


Delaware – Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

President and Chief Executive Officer, Christiana Care Health System


Florida – Keri Eisenbeis

Director of Government Relations and Community Outreach, BayCare Health System


Georgia – Candice Saunders

President and Chief Executive Officer, WellStar Health System


Hawaii – Michael Robinson

Vice President, Government Relations & Community Affairs, Hawai’i Pacific Health


Idaho – Dallas Clinger

President and Chief Executive Officer, Power County Hospital District


Illinois – James Prister

President and Chief Executive Officer, RML Specialty Hospital


Indiana – Matt Bailey

President, South Central Region Indiana University Health


Iowa – Angela Mortoza

Chief Executive Officer, Dallas County Hospital


Kansas – George M. Stover

Chief Executive Officer, Hospital District #1 of Rice County


Kentucky – Kevin Halter, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital


Louisiana – W.F. “Bud” Barrow, II

Chief Executive Officer, Beauregard Memorial Hospital


Maryland – Dean A. Teague, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Health System


Massachusetts – Christine C. Schuster, RN, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Emerson Hospital


Michigan – Edward Bruff 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Covenant HealthCare


Minnesota – Carl P. Vaagenes

Chief Executive Officer, Douglas County Hospital


Mississippi – Steve Vaughan

Chief Executive Officer, Pearl River County Hospital


Missouri – Laureen Tanner, RN, MSN, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital


Montana – Cherie Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rockies Medical Center


Nebraska – Fiona Libsack, FACHE, MPA, APR

Vice President Marketing and Support Services, Great Plains Health


Nevada – Susan Davila

Chief Executive Officer, Desert View Hospital


New Hampshire – John A. Marzinzik

President and Chief Executive Officer, Frisbie Memorial Hospital


New Jersey – Douglas A. Struyk

President and Chief Executive Officer, Chirstian Health Care Center


New Mexico – John Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Medical Center


New York – Steven I. Goldstein

President and Chief Executive Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Highland Hospital Vice President, University of Rochester Medical Center


North Carolina – Kathy C. Bailey, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge


North Dakota – Reed E. Reyman

President, CHI St. Alexius Health Dickson Medical Center


Ohio – Kristen D.W. Morris

Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Cleveland Clinic


Oklahoma – Charles L. Spicer, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer, OU Medical System


Oregon – Rick Yecny

Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Mission Officer, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center


Pennsylvania – Susan Croushore

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Puerto Rico – Jorge L. Matta

Executive Director, Hospital Auxilio


Rhode Island – Christopher Lehrach, M.D., MBA

President, L+M Medical Group and VP and Chief Transformation Officer, L+M Healthcare


South Dakota – Nick Fosness

Chief Executive Officer, Marshall County Healthcare Center- Avera


Tennessee – Paul Korth

Chief Executive Officer, Cookeville Regional Medical Center


Texas – Brad Holland

Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center


Utah – Mark Holyoak

Administrator, Castleview Hospital


Vermont – Claudio Fort

President and Chief Executive Officer, North Country Hospital and Health Center


Virginia – E.W. Tibbs

President and Chief Executive Officer, Centra Health, Inc.


Washington – Mike Glenn

Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Healthcare


West Virginia – Kevin Fowler

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cabell Huntington Hospital


Wisconsin – Joan M. Coffman

President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Sister Health System (HSHS) St. Joseph’s Hospital


Wyoming – B. Yvonne Wigington

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Wyoming Medical Center 

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