The New Hampshire Hospital Association has promoted Michael J. Hill to president and chief executive officer, succeeding Gary S. Carter, who became president of the New Jersey Hospital Association in November.
Mr. Hill, 48, was vice president for seven years and has been with the association a total of 12 years. He became interim president in December.
That's also when he resigned his seat as a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. First elected in November 1988, he was deputy speaker for the past three years.
Mr. Hill said he was able to double as state legislator and association executive because he avoided involvement in healthcare issues and wasn't cast in the role of a lobbyist while serving as NHHA vice president. Before becoming vice president, he did lobby for the association as director of planning and government relations.
He was deputy director of the New Hampshire Office of State Health Planning before joining the hospital association.
New Hampshire law prohibits a lobbyist from holding office, and Mr. Hill once again qualifies as one in his top-executive role.
But he added,"I had pretty well made it known I wasn't going to run for re-election in November." The pace of healthcare reform had picked up, he said, and was taking an increasing amount of his time as a hospital association executive.
The New Hampshire Hospital Association represents the state's 26 acute-care hospitals.