Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association, will retire at the end of the year, the association announced last week. Rueben, a national leader in hospital quality and patient safety and a tireless advocate for greater health care access, led FHA for 11 years. Before FHA, Rueben served as president of the Minnesota Hospital Association and Maine Hospital Association, as well as a senior leader of the Virginia Hospital Association.
 
“Bruce is a true statesman,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “He was one of the first hospital leaders in the nation to recognize the need for collaboration among hospitals when it came to efforts to improve quality. Bruce urged hospitals to work not as competitors but as partners in ensuring patient safety, and he is a firm supporter of transparency so that patients can be partners in these efforts to improve.”
 
The FHA Board of Directors has selected FHA Executive Vice President Crystal Stickle to serve as interim president effective Jan. 1, 2020. WittKiefer is conducting a national search with the goal of naming a permanent leader by Spring 2020.

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