After a six-month search, the Massachusetts Hospital Association has tapped Lynn Nicholas, former head of the American Diabetes Association, to take over as president and chief executive officer.
Nicholas, 53, will replace the associations interim president and CEO, Robert Gibbons, who took over in January after Ronald Hollander resigned the post.
Nicholas is expected to start within a months time. My main goal will be to put hospitals in the best position to continue to deliver high-quality care and serve communities beyond the hospital walls, Nicholas said in a news release.
In addition to leading the American Diabetes Association for 2½ years, Nicholas is also former head of the Louisiana Hospital Association and former executive vice president and chief operating officer for the New Jersey Hospital Association. Nicholas worked as a medical technologist before receiving her masters degree in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University.
In a 2005 commentary in Modern Healthcare, Nicholas criticized hospitals for not aggressively controlling blood-glucose levels in patients (Read the commentary. Registration required.) -- by Shawn Rhea