With federal lawmakers working actively on proposals to transform health delivery in the United States, one of the most prominent private-sector voices in the debate, the American Hospital Association, is eliminating four jobs in its policy and public outreach departments.
An internal AHA memo obtained by Modern Healthcare says the changes are prompted by ongoing financial strains. The downsizing includes two widely known association executives, Senior Vice President of Strategic Policy Planning Jim Bentley and Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications Richard Wade, both of whom have worked for the association for about 18 years.
The Oct. 12 memo from AHA Executive Vice President Richard Pollack says the association is also eliminating the jobs held by Davon Gray, a legislative assistant, and Sharon Sales, senior administrative assistant. All four departures are effective Oct. 30.
“While it is painful for all of us to take such difficult steps, they are necessary to ensure continuity of services, preservation of long-term organizational stability, and the most prudent allocation of resources,” Pollack's memo says. “The changes being taken are being made to allow us to adapt to the resources available in years to come, not just for this year and next.”