Chairperson's File

2024 AHA Board Chair Joanne Conroy, M.D., headshot.
This week, as many of us gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for the incredible dedication, compassion and expertise of the people working at hospitals and health systems.
This Thursday is National Rural Health Day, a time to celebrate “the power of rural.” The “power” of rural is real: Rural areas represent 97% of America’s land mass, and 20% of Americans live in rural communities. That’s 61 million rural residents. Rural America is the primary source for our…
Nearly 15 years ago, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that only 1.5% of acute care general medical and surgical hospitals had a comprehensive electronic health records system.
In this episode John Haupert, Chair, American Hospital Association and Mary Beth Kingston, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Advocate Health will discuss nursing leadership trends and strategies that can make an impact as hospitals and health systems.
People visit hospitals to receive care for injuries or diseases or undergo needed medical procedures and surgeries.
Delivering quality health care to all individuals in our communities — and ensuring they can easily access needed health services — is a top priority for hospital and health system leaders and teams.
The AHA has excellent resources to help hospital and health system teams encourage patients and people in their communities to get vaccinated against the flu, COVID-19 and RSV.
Teams at hospitals and health systems understand that social needs and economic circumstances have a significant impact on an individual’s health and well-being.
On today’s episode, I talk with Greg Bentz, board chair of Saint Luke’s Health System, based in Kansas City, Mo., and chair of the AHA Committee on Governance. We discuss the important role and dynamic work of boards of trustees as hospitals and health systems navigate tremendous challenges after…
The greatest resource in the health care field is our workforce. I’ve spent my entire career in health care, and the commitment, compassion, courage and skill of health care professionals has been awe-inspiring. That’s why taking care of health care workers must always be a priority for health care…