The American Hospital Association is shaking up its vice presidential ranks as part of its ongoing restructuring efforts, but it's unclear how many will ultimately lose their jobs.
The association said it has 18 vice presidents, and it's writing job descriptions for six new vice president level positions: administrative services, information technology, finance, legal services, member services and human resources.
AHA officials wouldn't say how many of the current vice presidents would have to reapply for new jobs or how many jobs there would be. Richard Wade, the AHA's senior vice president for communications, said not all 18 vice presidents would be affected.
"Probably over time, there will be fewer," Wade said.
The AHA has hired the national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, Ford, Hadelman & Lloyd to help fill three of the six new vice president slots.
"They've substantially restructured the organization," said Sandy Williams, vice president in the New York office of Witt/Kieffer and a former top AHA executive. "They are new positions in terms of the content, although they have had people in these titles before. They've changed the content and status of some of these jobs."
Neither Williams nor Wade would provide more specific information about the AHA's restructuring goals.
"Everything's being rewritten," Wade said.
Williams was senior vice president and deputy to former AHA President Carol McCarthy before leaving the association in 1991 to join Witt/Kieffer.