Chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal as­so­ci­a­tions aim to merge

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

The not-for-profit Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals and Re­lated In­sti­tu­tions; its pub­lic pol­icy af­fil­i­ate, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals; and the for-profit Child Health Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­ica signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to merge. The pro­posed merger is sub­ject to ap­proval by the boards of all three or­ga­ni­za­tions in the first quar­ter of 2011, said Gillian Ray, spokes­woman for the NACHRI. No money would change hands if the merger is com­pleted, she said. Also, the board of the merged or­ga­ni­za­tion would choose a new CEO, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the NACHRI. Pend­ing that, the NACHRI and the NACH, both based in Washington, will be led by Lawrence McAn­drews, pres­i­dent and CEO. The CHCA, based in Shawnee Mis­sion, Kan., will be led by Jerry Ruther­ford, se­nior vice pres­i­dent and in­terim CEO, be­gin­ning Jan. 1. Don Black, cur­rent pres­i­dent and CEO of the CHCA, had pre­vi­ously an­nounced his re­tire­ment. The NACHRI has 222 mem­bers in Aus­tralia, Canada, China, Italy, Mex­ico, Puerto Rico, the United King­dom and the U.S., ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The pol­icy-fo­cused NACH has 138 hos­pi­tal mem­bers. The CHCA is an al­liance of 43 chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals.

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