New Member Spotlight: American Hospital Association
Founded in 1898, the American Hospital Association (AHA) represents and serves hospitals of all sizes, as well as health care networks, patients, and communities. AHA members include more than 5,000 hospitals, as well as nearly 43,000 individuals across the United States. The association works “to advance the health of individuals and communities.”
When AHA was founded, it had one small office in Cleveland. Today the association has major offices in Chicago and Washington, DC, as well as regional offices around the country. All of those offices work to gather and disseminate information, with the belief that information and communication are key to effective healthcare. By facilitating communication between patients, providers, and government and helping them to share information, AHA works to strengthen all facets of healthcare in America. AHA’s website explains: “AHA affiliates are uniquely positioned to respond to a broad array of local and national issues by providing hospitals with assistance in buying decisions, ideas and information, education, and consulting services. AHA actively participates in partnerships and initiatives addressing crucial areas of concern to the American health care system.”
“America’s hospitals have a rich tradition of rising to the many challenges of providing quality care for their patients and communities. Hospital leaders and their staffs work hard every day to deliver the best possible care, regardless of the circumstances. Hospitals have been at the forefront of bringing positive changes to health care; leading by example, through innovation and an ever-present commitment to improve patient safety and quality,” said Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association.
The New England Council is proud to welcome the American Hospital Association and looks forward to their active participation on our Healthcare Committee.