American Hospital Association President and CEO Richard Umbdenstock expanded his senior leadership team by two members, completing a reorganization process he began after taking the top job at AHA in 2007, an AHA spokesman said.
AHA expanding leadership team
Umbdenstock's executive team now includes 16 members, up from 14, including four new senior vice presidents promoted from within. The changes affect six people in total, but did not result in any new hiring or anyone leaving the organization, the spokesman said.
Lisa Allen, a vice president and chief human resources officer, and Alicia Mitchell, vice president of media relations, are both being promoted to senior vice president roles and will join the AHA executive team.
Pam Thompson, the CEO of AHA subsidiary American Organization of Nurse Executives, is adding the title of AHA senior vice president for nursing and will continue in her role on the executive team in a way that "clarifies the direct connection between the AHA and the AONE at the senior management level,” according to a letter from Umbdenstock to AHA members.
John Combes, who is president and chief operating officer of AHA subsidiary the Center for Healthcare Governance, will also add the title of AHA senior vice president focusing on physician issues, serving as the AHA's main liaison to physician organizations. He will continue to serve on the AHA executive team.
Two existing senior vice presidents -- Tony Burke, who is CEO of AHA subsidiary AHA Solutions, and John Evans, who is the chief financial officer of AHA -- also joined the AHA executive team.
Previously, the AHA executive team had 14 members, but the group has had two vacancies since last October, when former senior vice presidents Jim Bentley and Richard Wade saw their jobs within AHA eliminated in what was described at the time as a cost-cutting move.
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