Four healthcare executives are vying to become the next chairman-elect of the American Hospital Association's 26-member board of trustees. After serving a one-year term, the chairman-elect assumes the coveted role of AHA chairman for one year.
In the running are: Dennis Barry, president and chief executive officer of Moses Cone Health System, Greensboro, N.C.; David Bernd, CEO of Sentara Health System, Norfolk, Va.; Ronald Spaeth, president and CEO of Highland Park (Ill.) Hospital; and Michael Stephens, president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, Calif. All of the men but Barry are AHA board members. Barry is a former board member and is chairman of the AHA's committee of commissioners to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
An AHA nominating committee will recommend one candidate to the AHA board, which will vote on the selection in late July. The chosen candidate will serve as chairman-elect in 2002 and become chairman in 2003.
The current chairwoman-elect is Sister Mary Roch Rocklage, board chairwoman of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Louis. She will become AHA chairwoman next year. The AHA board chairman is Gary Mecklenburg, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.