CEO of Pres­by­te­rian Health­care named chair-elect of AHA

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The Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion named James Hin­ton its new chair-elect des­ig­nate. Hin­ton, 53, will be­gin lead­ing the board in 2014. The AHA made the an­nounce­ment of his elec­tion at its Lead­er­ship Sum­mit in San Fran­cisco. Hin­ton is the pres­i­dent and CEO of Pres­by­te­rian Health­care Ser­vices in Al­bu­querque, a post he’s held since 1995. “It seemed to me, given what’s go­ing on these days with how health­care re­form will play it­self out, this is a re­ally great time to be­come even more en­gaged,” Hin­ton said. “I’m very hum­bled to be given this op­por­tu­nity.” Hin­ton said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act will ob­vi­ously dom­i­nate health­care dis­cus­sions in com­ing years, and noted that Pres­by­te­rian is one of 32 Pi­o­neer ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions named by the CMS In­no­va­tion Cen­ter. “The mind­set I’ll bring is that there re­ally are some great things that are pos­si­ble with health­care sys­tems, and cer­tainly we have a fu­ture of un­cer­tainty with rev­enue, but there are al­ways ways to ac­tu­ally im­prove the qual­ity of ser­vice as we are be­ing forced to do work with less money.” Hin­ton as­sumes the ti­tle from Dr. Ben­jamin Chu, group pres­i­dent, South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and Hawaii for Kaiser Foun­da­tion Hos­pi­tals and Health Plan in Pasadena, Calif. Chu will take over as board chair in Jan­uary 2013 and re­place Teri Fon­tenot, pres­i­dent and CEO of Woman’s Hospi­tal in Ba­ton Rouge, La.


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