The American Hospital Association is reshuffling its senior management deck.
"It's basically a realignment to deliver on value for members," said Jonathan Lord, M.D., the AHA's chief operating officer.
Chief among the changes is the departure later this month of Fredric Entin, who for nine years was senior vice president and general counsel for the AHA in its Chicago headquarters.
Entin is joining the Chicago office of Foley & Lardner as a partner in its health law practice. In his new job, Entin will serve as the AHA's outside counsel.
With Entin's pending departure, the AHA named Mary Grealy its new chief Washington counsel. She had been senior Washington counsel.
Two years ago, the AHA announced it was making its Washington office responsible for the day-to-day legal activities involving legislation and regulation (April 21, 1997, p. 3).
Also, AHA Vice President Jim Henderson will serve as corporate counsel. Based in Chicago, Henderson will handle the AHA's in-house legal issues. He had been associate general counsel.
In another change, Richard Wade, formerly senior vice president for communications, was named senior adviser for communications. In that role, Wade will focus on efforts by the AHA and its members to rebuild public trust and confidence.
The AHA will recruit for a new senior vice president for communications to oversee its public relations operations. Wade had held that title since he moved to the AHA from the Maryland Hospital Association in 1991 along with AHA President Richard Davidson, who held the same title at the MHA.
Finally, to beef up the AHA's lobbying efforts, Thomas Nickels has been promoted to senior vice president for federal relations. He had been an AHA vice president.