Charlotte Ipsan to Lead AHA's Section for Maternal and Child Health Council

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2018) – Today, the American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that Charlotte Ipsan, chief administrative officer of Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky., is the 2018 chair of the AHA’s Section for Maternal and Child Health Council.

The council is an 18-member body, which is comprised of CEOs and senior executives from the nation’s women’s and children’s hospitals and health care providers.

As chair, Ipsan will lead the AHA Constituency Section for Maternal and Child Health Council on public policy discussions on issues concerning women’s and children’s health, hospitals serving this patient population and AHA member service strategies. 

Ipsan’s more than 30 years of experience in maternal, child and pediatric health care includes roles as a staff nurse, nurse manager of a neonatal intensive care unit, neonatal nurse practitioner and director of women’s services within the Norton system. As Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s chief administrative officer, she led the creation of the first women’s and children’s health care facility in the Louisville metropolitan area.

Before becoming chief administrative officer in 2012, she was the hospital’s system vice president of pediatric services, and previously served as vice president of Norton’s Children’s Medical Center – Kentucky’s first pediatric outpatient surgical center.

Sarah Kirby, chief operating officer of Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in Columbia, S.C., will serve as chair-elect and will assume the role of chair in 2019. Patricia M. DePompei, R.N., president of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital in Cleveland, is the immediate past chair.  

Newly elected to three-year council terms expiring in 2020 are: Richard Beigi, M.D., Magee Women’s Hospital/UPMC’s vice president of medical affairs in Pittsburgh; Kate Galbraith, president of Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, N.C.; Kathleen Gorman, R.N., Children’s National Health System’s executive vice president of patient services and chief operating officer in Washington, D.C.; and Lara Khouri, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ senior vice president and chief strategy officer. 

They join current members: Amy Casseri, vice president of HCA Women’s and Children’s Services in Nashville, Tenn.; Christine Candio, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.; Deb Krmpotic, R.N., CEO of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz.; Keith J. Loud, chair of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H.; Sheri DeShazo, vice president and administrator of WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.; Barbara Joers, president and CEO of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul, Minn.; Paul King, executive director of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voightlander Women’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Kristine A. Bell, R.N., program executive of women and children’s services for Providence Health System’s Providence Oregon region in Portland, Ore.; and Caryn Wilson, Massachusetts General Hospital’s executive director of obstetrics & gynecology in Boston.

Judy F. Rich, president and CEO, TMC Healthcare in Tucson, Ariz., serves as the AHA board liaison to the AHA Constituency Section for Maternal and Child Health.


Contact:         Marie Johnson, (202) 626-2351

                        Colin Milligan, (202) 638-5491




About the AHA Constituency Section for Maternal and Child Health

AHA’s Constituency Section for Maternal and Child Health supports hospital providers of women’s and children’s health services as they build systems of care to improve the health status of their communities. The Section is guided by a council composed of leaders representing some of the country’s leading hospitals and maternal and child health providers. Council members serve as elected representatives of their member peers. They advise the AHA on member service strategies, public policy issues, advocacy positions, and emerging issues, as well as serve as a channel back to the maternal and child health field.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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