The American Hospital Association named Kevin Lofton, 50, chairman-elect, effective Jan. 1. Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, becomes chair in 2007 and will be the second black to head the AHA board of trustees. Carolyn Lewis, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2002, became the first black AHA chair in 2000. Lofton will succeed Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of Providence Services, Spokane, Wash. He is also a trustee for Ascension Health, St. Louis, and serves on the diversity and presidential search committees for the St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association. Lofton served as an AHA trustee from 2002 to 2004 and sat on its executive committee in 2003-04. -- by Melanie Evans
Lofton to become first black man to chair AHA
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