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Hospital State Leaders are Grassroots Champions

By AHA STAT Staff
May 8, 2017

The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award  recognizes those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital and who are tireless advocates for hospitals and their patients.

 

The 2017 Grassroots Champions are:

 

Alabama – L. Keith Granger

President and Chief Executive Officer, Grandview Medical Center

 

Alaska – Barbara Bigelow

Administrator, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center

 

Arizona – Brian Turney

Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Kingman Regional Medical Center

 

Arkansas – Gary L. Bebow, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, White River Health System

 

California – Elly Garner

Director, Government Affairs, Palomar Health

 

Colorado – Sheri Trahern

Chief Executive Officer, St. Thomas More Hospital

 

Connecticut – Kurt A. Barwis, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Hospital & Health Care Group

 

District of Columbia – Kathleen Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN

Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Operating Officer, Children’s National Health System

 

Delaware – Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

President and Chief Executive Officer, Christiana Care Health System

 

Florida – Keri Eisenbeis

Director of Government Relations and Community Outreach, BayCare Health System

 

Georgia – Candice Saunders

President and Chief Executive Officer, WellStar Health System

 

Hawaii – Michael Robinson

Vice President, Government Relations & Community Affairs, Hawai’i Pacific Health

 

Idaho – Dallas Clinger

President and Chief Executive Officer, Power County Hospital District

 

Illinois – James Prister

President and Chief Executive Officer, RML Specialty Hospital

 

Indiana – Matt Bailey

President, South Central Region Indiana University Health

 

Iowa – Angela Mortoza

Chief Executive Officer, Dallas County Hospital

 

Kansas – George M. Stover

Chief Executive Officer, Hospital District #1 of Rice County

 

Kentucky – Kevin Halter, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital

 

Louisiana – W.F. “Bud” Barrow, II

Chief Executive Officer, Beauregard Memorial Hospital

 

Maryland – Dean A. Teague, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Health System

 

Massachusetts – Christine C. Schuster, RN, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Emerson Hospital

 

Michigan – Edward Bruff 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Covenant HealthCare

 

Minnesota – Carl P. Vaagenes

Chief Executive Officer, Douglas County Hospital

 

Mississippi – Steve Vaughan

Chief Executive Officer, Pearl River County Hospital

 

Missouri – Laureen Tanner, RN, MSN, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

 

Montana – Cherie Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rockies Medical Center

 

Nebraska – Fiona Libsack, FACHE, MPA, APR

Vice President Marketing and Support Services, Great Plains Health

 

Nevada – Susan Davila

Chief Executive Officer, Desert View Hospital

 

New Hampshire – John A. Marzinzik

President and Chief Executive Officer, Frisbie Memorial Hospital

 

New Jersey – Douglas A. Struyk

President and Chief Executive Officer, Chirstian Health Care Center

 

New Mexico – John Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Medical Center

 

New York – Steven I. Goldstein

President and Chief Executive Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Highland Hospital Vice President, University of Rochester Medical Center

 

North Carolina – Kathy C. Bailey, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge

 

North Dakota – Reed E. Reyman

President, CHI St. Alexius Health Dickson Medical Center

               

Ohio – Kristen D.W. Morris

Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Cleveland Clinic

 

Oklahoma – Charles L. Spicer, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer, OU Medical System

 

Oregon – Rick Yecny

Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Mission Officer, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center

 

Pennsylvania – Susan Croushore

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania

 

Puerto Rico – Jorge L. Matta

Executive Director, Hospital Auxilio

 

Rhode Island – Christopher Lehrach, M.D., MBA

President, L+M Medical Group and VP and Chief Transformation Officer, L+M Healthcare

 

South Dakota – Nick Fosness

Chief Executive Officer, Marshall County Healthcare Center- Avera

 

Tennessee – Paul Korth

Chief Executive Officer, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

 

Texas – Brad Holland

Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center

 

Utah – Mark Holyoak

Administrator, Castleview Hospital

 

Vermont – Claudio Fort

President and Chief Executive Officer, North Country Hospital and Health Center

 

Virginia – E.W. Tibbs

President and Chief Executive Officer, Centra Health, Inc.

 

Washington – Mike Glenn

Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Healthcare

 

West Virginia – Kevin Fowler

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cabell Huntington Hospital

 

Wisconsin – Joan M. Coffman

President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Sister Health System (HSHS) St. Joseph’s Hospital

 

Wyoming – B. Yvonne Wigington

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Wyoming Medical Center 

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety


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