Nancy Howell Agee to Receive AHA Distinguished Service Award

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2024) - The American Hospital Association (AHA) will present its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Nancy Howell Agee, CEO of Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit integrated health system serving more than 1 million people in Virginia and West Virginia. Agee will receive the 2024 award during a ceremony on April 15 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Agee has led Carilion since 2011. Under her leadership, the organization has transformed from a collection of hospitals to a patient-centered, physician-led organization. She helped forge a partnership with Virginia Tech to create the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, which has graduated more than 400 physicians.

“Nancy is committed to finding solutions that provide the best quality for patient care experience and expanding access to all those in the communities Carilion serves,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Drawing on her experience as a nurse and a hospital leader, Nancy is well known for her deep passion for patients and her dedication to mentoring other women leaders.”

Agee has been engaged with the AHA for over 20 years. She led the AHA Board in 2018, is the current chair of the board of the Coalition to Strengthen America’s Health Care, and previously chaired the AHA Committee on Health Care Strategy and Innovation. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee, Operations Committee, Committee on Health Systems, and several other task forces and advisory groups, as well as the Joint Commission Board.

She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Emory University and three honorary doctorates. She holds multiple memberships including chairing Virginia’s Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Va) and serving on Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Medical Advisory Team. Her many accolades include being perennially named in Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives by Modern Healthcare and receiving the Business Person of the Year from Virginia Business.


About the American Hospital Association (AHA)
The American Hospital Association (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 advocates on behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, our clinician partners – including more than 270,000 affiliated physicians, 2 million nurses and other caregivers – and the 43,000 health care leaders who belong to our professional membership groups. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides insight and 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