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 2018 Grassroots Champions are:

 

Alabama – Jeffrey M. Brannon

Chief Executive Officer, Wiregrass Medical Center

 

Alaska – Robert A. Rang, RN, MHA, MSN

Chief Executive Officer, Wrangell Medical Center

 

Arkansas – Douglas Weeks, FACHE

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Health Medical Center – North Little Rock

 

California – Shelly Schlenker

Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations, Dignity Health

 

Colorado – Jason Cleckler

Chief Executive Officer, Delta County Memorial Hospital

 

Connecticut – Patrick A. Charmel

President and Chief Executive Officer, Griffin Hospital

 

District of Columbia – George Spinkel

Chief Financial Officer, George Washington University Hospital

 

Delaware – Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Beebe Healthcare

Florida – Aurelio Fernandez

President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Healthcare System

 

Georgia – James Matney

President and Chief Executive Officer, Colquitt Regional Medical Center

 

Hawaii – Laura Westphal

Vice President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, Castle Medical Center

 

Idaho – Bradley Huerta

Chief Executive Officer, Lost Rivers Medical Center

 

Illinois – Edgar J. Curtis

President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Health System

 

Indiana – Mike K. Schroyer, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, AACC

Regional President, St. Vincent Anderson/Mercy/Randolph

 

Iowa – Joseph Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Boone County Hospital

 

Kansas – Ken Johnson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center

 

Kentucky – Jerry Penner III

Chief Executive Officer, Murray-Calloway County Hospital

 

Louisiana – Teri G. Fontenot, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Woman’s Hospital

 

Maryland – Victoria W. Bayless

President and Chief Executive Officer, Anne Arundel Medical Center

 

Massachusetts – Kate Walsh

President and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Medical Center

 

Michigan – Paul A. King

Executive Director, C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital

 

Minnesota – Randy Ulseth

Chief Executive Officer, FirstLight Health System

 

Mississippi – G. Douglas Higginbotham

Chief Executive Officer, South Central Regional Medical Center

 

Missouri – Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Luke’s Hospital

 

Montana – Bren Lowe

President and Chief Executive Officer, Livingston HealthCare

 

Nebraska – Manuela Wolf

Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Community Hospital and Health System

 

Nevada – Anthony D. Slonim, M.D., DrPH

President and Chief Executive Officer, Renown Health

 

New Hampshire – Robert P. Steigmeyer

President and Chief Executive Officer, Concord Hospital

 

New Jersey – Kenneth Morris Jr., MHA, MA

Vice President, External Affairs, St. Joseph’s Health

 

New Mexico – Christina Campos

Administrator, Guadalupe County Hospital

 

New York – Eva Benedict

President and Chief Executive Officer, Jones Memorial Hospital

 

North Carolina – Michael Stevenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Murphy Medical Center

 

North Dakota – Darrold Bertsch

Chief Executive Officer, Sakakawea Medical Center

 

Ohio – Bruce D. White

Chief Executive Officer, Knox Community Hospital

 

Oregon – Kelly C. Morgan

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Medical Center

 

Pennsylvania – Alan Brechbill

Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

 

Puerto Rico – Karen Z. Artau Feliciano, MHSA

President, Metro Pavia Health System

 

Rhode Island – Michael Souza

President and Chief Executive Officer, Landmark Medical Center

 

South Carolina – Robert L. Colones

Executive Director, McLeod Regional Medical Center

 

South Dakota – Eric C. Hilmoe

Vice President, Operations, Sanford Health Network

 

Tennessee – Tish Towns

Senior Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer, Regional One Health

 

Texas – Jeffrey Canose, M.D., MHA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Health Resources

 

Utah – Gordon Crabtree, CPA, MBA

Interim CEO, University of Utah Health – Hospitals and Clinics

 

Virginia – John L. Fitzgerald

Senior Vice President, External Relations, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

 

Vermont – Paul R. Bengston

Chief Executive Officer, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

 

Washington – Theresa Sullivan

Chief Financial Officer, Samaritan Healthcare

 

Wisconsin – Daniel DeGroot

Chief Operating Officer, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

 

West Virginia – Albert L. Wright, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer, West Virginia University Health System

 

Wyoming – Douglas A. McMillan

Chief Executive Officer, Cody Regional Health