The American Hospital Association's 218-member House of Delegates last week approved Carolyn Lewis as chairwoman-elect of the AHA's 25-member board of trustees.
Lewis will be the first hospital trustee and African-American to hold the coveted post.
She will take over as chairwoman-elect in January and begin her one-year term as chairwoman in 2000.
Lewis, 61, will succeed Fred Brown, who will become chairman of the AHA board in January. Brown, currently president and chief executive officer of BJC Health System in St. Louis, has announced he will step down from those posts at the end of the year to devote more time to his AHA duties (Aug. 10, p. 2).
Lewis is president of her own consulting firm and a trustee at 305-bed Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington. She has served on the AHA board since 1995.
In addition, four new members have been named to the AHA board. The four trustees will each serve four-year terms beginning in January. They are:
Nellie Robinson, a registered nurse and vice president of patient services at Children's National Medical Center in Washington.
J. Richard Gaintner, M.D., CEO of Shands HealthCare, which is affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville.
Thomas Royer, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs at Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, and chairman of the board of governors at Henry Ford Medical Group.
Richard Lind, president and CEO of Memorial Health Systems in Ormond Beach, Fla.