Alot can happen in a century. Just ask the American Hospital Association.
In the 100 years since a small group of hospital superintendents met in Cleveland to form the association, the healthcare scene has changed radically. The operation of hospitals, once considered a solely charitable enterprise, has evolved into a multibillion-dollar industry. Today's healthcare executives are encountering an array of financial, clinical, technological, political and ethical challenges unimaginable to their 19th-century counterparts.
In the special section that follows, we examine the AHA's long history and how the association has dealt with the tumultuous changes of this century. The package features interviews with the AHA's current president, Richard Davidson, and two of his predecessors, who offer their insights on the performance of the nation's largest hospital trade group. We also look at the hospital's changing role in the community and the association's future as it stands on the brink of its next century and a new millennium.
Reporters Deanna Bellandi, Jonathan Gardner and Eric Weissenstein and researcher Christopher Gray contributed to the package. Copy editor Kathleen Harkness edited and coordinated the stories. Keith Horist, assistant managing editor for graphics, and Jason C. Warholic, graphics editor, developed the cover and graphic presentation.