The AHA today announced several promotions in its Washington, DC office. Tom Nickels will manage AHA federal relations and public policy analysis and development as executive vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy, succeeding Rick Pollack who became AHA president and CEO Sept. 1. A 21-year veteran of the AHA, Nickels most recently served as the association’s senior vice president for federal relations. “Tom’s knowledge of our members, legislative and regulatory expertise, and unparalleled political insight will continue to ensure that the AHA’s public policy advocacy efforts for America’s hospitals will continue to have a strong voice,” Pollack said. Working with Nickels, Robyn Bash will have primary responsibility for the overall operations and management of GRPP as vice president of government relations and public policy operations. She also will continue her role as coordinator of executive branch relations and serve as a key liaison to congressional offices and health systems. Lisa Kidder Hrobsky will rejoin the AHA on Sept. 14 to coordinate AHA’s grassroots advocacy activities as vice president of grassroots advocacy. She recently served as president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise and previously was AHA vice president for legislative affairs.