Podge Reed has resigned as American Hospital Association vice president and special assistant to AHA President Richard Davidson to operate a family-owned oil company in Louisiana.
Mr. Reed, widely recognized as a close confidant to Mr. Davidson, joined the AHA's executive office in early 1992. He assumed the position after serving as the head of Mr. Davidson's transition team in 1991, when Mr. Davidson became president of the association. Prior to accepting the post, Mr. Reed headed the association's regional office serving the Northeast.
In an internal July 29 staff memorandum announcing Mr. Reed's resignation, Mr. Davidson said, "Podge Reed's service to the AHA-first as the director of Region 3 and then as part of the executive staff-has been marked by extraordinary dedication, talent and devotion to the organization and the people who make it go."
Mr. Davidson simultaneously named Ron Purcell, assistant director of the AHA's Northeast regional office, to replace Mr. Reed as vice president and special assistant to the AHA president.
In other personnel news, the association named Harry Bryan as its new vice president of the personal membership groups division. Mr. Bryan had been executive director of the AHA's Society for Hospital Social Work Administrators in Health Care, one of the association's 16 personal membership groups.
The AHA recently reorganized the personal membership groups under one division. Ed Bertz, who formerly oversaw the groups' activities, had retired.