The American Hospital Association's board of trustees named Thomas Priselac, president and chief executive officer of 855-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, as the trade groups 2008 chairman-elect.
He will succeed William Petasnick, president and CEO of Froedtert & Community Health System, Milwaukee, who will start a one-year term as chairman on Jan. 1, 2008, when Kevin Lofton, president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, steps down.
As chairman-elect, Priselac, 56, will oversee the AHAs long-range planning committee. He joined Cedars-Sinai in 1979 and was promoted to CEO from executive vice president in 1994.
Priselac, who is immediate past chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges, has served on a half-dozen healthcare boards, including those of the VHA, the National Committee for Quality Health Care and the California Hospital Association. -- by Melanie Evans