AHA Names New Trustee to the Board

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2019) - The American Hospital Association (AHA) has elected Sylvia Young to fill a vacancy on its Board of Trustees, effective immediately. The Board of Trustees is the highest policymaking body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.


Young is President and Chief Executive Officer of HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division, a health care system serving the Denver and Wichita, Kan. areas. Prior to her current appointment, she served as president of HCA Healthcare’s Sunrise Health System in Las Vegas, and as president and CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora (Colo.). She began her career in hospital administration in 1985.


In 2018, Young was named “Alumni of the Year” by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate School of Health Administration, and in 2016, Forbes named her one of the “Top Women Business Leaders in the Western U.S.” She also received recognition from the Denver Business Journal, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Modern Healthcare magazine.


Young has served on the AHA’s Regional Policy Board 8 since 2018 and was a member of the Association’s Task Force on Member Engagement. She is active in HCA Healthcare’s Corporate Leadership Development Institute and the organization’s COO Development Program. Community affiliations include Colorado Concern, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.


Young received a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Samford University in Birmingham.


Young is filling an unexpired term.   






Marie Johnson, (202) 626-2351, mjohnson@aha.org

Sean Barry, (202) 626-2306, sbarry@aha.org



About the American Hospital Association

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 www.aha.org.