Children’s hospital associations aim to merge
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.