According to an announcement from the association, Siegel, 49, is the first African-American to lead a major hospital association. The CEO position is replacing the executive director post, previously held by Christine Capito Burch, who is retiring.
Previously, Siegel served as president of Tampa (Fla.) General Healthcare and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., both of which are members of the NAPH. He also served as health commissioner for the state of New Jersey and has led projects for the Commonwealth Fund, the California Endowment and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
“Safety net hospitals and health systems must gear up for the implementation of health reform, while also responding to the increased need for safety net services during the current economic crisis,” Larry Gage, president of NAPH, said in a news release about Siegel's appointment. “Bruce's experience leading two of the nation's most important safety net health systems, coupled with the major role he has played at George Washington University in studying the needs and concerns of vulnerable patient populations, provide an ideal background for this position.”