AHA Center for Health Innovation Selects A. Marc Harrison, M.D., as 2019 TRUST Award Recipient

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AHA Center for Health Innovation Selects A. Marc Harrison, M.D., as

2019 TRUST Award Recipient


Awarded for outstanding achievements in quality care delivery, clinical integration, value, physician engagement and innovation


June 3, 2019 – The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Center for Health Innovation has selected A. Marc Harrison, M.D., president and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare, as the recipient of the 2019 TRUST Award. Established in 2003, the TRUST Award honors individuals who have exhibited visionary leadership in the health care field and symbolize AHA’s vision of helping to contribute to a society of healthy communities where each individual reaches their highest potential for health.


As president and chief executive officer at Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Harrison leads 38,000 caregivers at 23 hospitals and 160 clinics. His leadership is characterized by a dedication to redefining value-based care and the patient experience, most notably through the implementation of innovative clinical and operational practices and development of landmark strategic partnerships. Under his guidance, Intermountain helped establish the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health, a collaboration designed to proactively address factors affecting community health, such as chronic hunger, affordable housing, joblessness and personal safety. He also spearheaded Civica Rx, the first of its kind, not-for-profit generic drug company, to make generic medications more accessible and affordable in hospitals across the nation. Dr. Harrison will receive the award July 25 in San Diego during the AHA’s Leadership Summit.


“Dr. Harrison is a national and international thought leader on transformation and innovation,” said AHA chair-elect Melinda Estes, M.D., president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System and chair of the AHA Center for Health Innovation Leadership Council. “He is leading bold new approaches that are improving the quality of health care and making it more accessible and affordable.”


A specialist in pediatric critical care, Dr. Harrison previously served as CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, where he oversaw the establishment of 12 institutes, five centers of excellence, and more than 30 medical and surgical specialties. Also at Cleveland Clinic, he was chief of international business development and chief medical operations officer.


Dr. Harrison’s many honors include being ranked among Modern Healthcare’s 2018 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. He also was named on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care and ranked 26th on Fortune Magazine’s 2019 World’s Greatest Leaders list.


“Dr. Harrison’s outstanding work as a physician, health system leader and health care innovator exemplifies the visionary leadership that the TRUST Award recognizes,” said Jay Bhatt, D.O., senior vice president and chief medical officer, AHA, and president, HRET. “During challenging times in our field, he is building strategic partnerships and leading initiatives that are redefining value-based care and improving the health of individuals and communities.”


Dr. Harrison received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He completed a residency at Intermountain’s Primary Children’s Hospital and has a master of medical management from Carnegie Mellon University.


This is the 17th TRUST Award, and Dr. Harrison joins a prestigious group of innovative health care leaders, including Lee Sacks, Atul Gawande, Nancy Schlichting, and Donald Berwick.







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



About AHA Center for Health Innovation

The AHA Center for Health Innovation, created by the American Hospital Association, enhances hospital and health system transformation and accelerates innovation at scale. The Center was formed in September 2018 from the merger of AHA’s Health Forum, Health Research & Educational Trust, Data Center and The Value Initiative. The Center serves as a key partner to AHA members, supporting their innovation and transformation journey with new tools, data products and analytics, learning collaboratives, conferences and virtual expeditions, market intelligence and advisory services. For more information, visit the website at www.aha.org/center.


About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. 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 website at www.aha.org.


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