Umb­den­stock’s per­sonal per­spec­tive

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In ad­di­tion to lead­ing the largest hos­pi­tal as­so­ci­a­tion in the coun­try, Richard Umb­den­stock has some other con­nec­tions to health­care that give him added per­spec­tive.

Umb­den­stock, the pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, re­cently told an au­di­ence at the an­nual meet­ing of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Hos­pi­tals and Health Sys­tems in Chicago of his ties to the in­dus­try as both the par­ent of a physi­cian and as the rel­a­tive of a pa­tient treated by pub­lic health providers.

He noted that his old­est child was set to grad­u­ate from an anes­the­si­ol­ogy res­i­dency pro­gram, no small ac­com­plish­ment.

But the sec­ond con­nec­tion to the in­dus­try Umb­den­stock cited was more un­usual, as he said an uniden­ti­fied rel­a­tive is home­less and de­pen­dent on the pub­lic hos­pi­tal sys­tem sup­ported by the au­di­ence he was ad­dress­ing. “We’re try­ing to do our best with sup­port from afar,” Umb­den­stock said.

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