The board of the Federation of American Health Systems last week appointed Thomas Scully, a former top official in the Bush administration and budget office, as the group's president and chief executive officer.
Now a partner at the Washington lobbying firm of Patton, Boggs and Blow, Mr. Scully, 37, will replace Michael Bromberg, who will assume the newly created position of vice chairman of the federation's board of directors. Mr. Bromberg, 56, has headed the federation for 25 years.
"Our board believes Tom Scully will bring the policy expertise and leadership skills needed to continue a strong voice in Washington for the investor-owned hospital industry," Mr. Bromberg said.
Mr. Scully already has represented the federation on legislative issues for two years. Mr. Bromberg will continue to represent the federation for five years and also will practice law.
The federation represents 1,400 investor-owned hospitals, health systems, management companies, treatment facilities and allied healthcare firms.