WASHINGTON (July 25, 2019) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees has selected Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health in Renton, Wash., as its chair-elect designate. Dr. Hochman will be the 2021 chair of the AHA, becoming the top-elected official of the national organization that represents America’s hospitals and health systems and works to advance health in America.
Dr. Hochman has led Providence St. Joseph Health, a national Catholic nonprofit, since 2012. In this role, he oversees the third largest health system in the U.S., comprised of more than 119,000 caregivers, 51 hospitals, 829 clinics, hundreds of programs and services, a supportive housing ministry and an education ministry. Prior to joining Providence St. Joseph Health, Dr. Hochman was president and CEO of Swedish Health Services, a nonprofit health system in Greater Seattle with five hospitals, two ambulatory care centers and more than 100 primary and specialty care clinics. He also held several leadership roles at Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va., from 1998 to 2007, and the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1993 to 1998.
“The AHA plays a critical role in the health of the nation. I am honored to serve in this role and look forward to continuing to advance our vision of giving all individuals the chance to live to their healthiest potential,” said Dr. Hochman.
A member of the AHA Board of Trustee Executive Committee, Dr. Hochman also chairs the AHA Regional Policy Board 9 and is immediate past chair of the board of trustees for the Catholic Health Association of the United States.
Dr. Hochman is the recipient of the 2019 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award for advancement of evidence-based leadership practices. He also is the recipient of the 2017 Partners in Care Foundation Vision and Excellence in Health Care Leadership Award. He has traveled to Guatemala to support Providence St. Joseph Health’s partnerships to bring medical resources to developing countries.
His medical background is in rheumatology and internal medicine, and he served as a clinical fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Rheumatology. He received his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Boston University.
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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 www.aha.org.