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America’s Essential Hospitals is governed by a board of directors that represents the geographic and organizational diversity of the association’s overall membership. The board, which consists of 15 to 20 members, provides overall strategic direction and oversight for the association.

The directors meet periodically to consider and vote on the key association activities, policy positions, and matters of similar importance. The association’s board also elects the board of directors for Essential Hospitals Institute.

The board’s executive committee—chair, past-chair, chair-elect, secretary, and treasurer—may approve an association action or position when time is of the essence and a meeting of the full board cannot be promptly convened.

Board members, who are elected by a vote of the full membership, serve staggered, two-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive terms.

View our past board chairs back to 1981.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Essential Hospitals Institute, our research arm, has its own governing body. View the current Institute board of directors.

John Haupert
President and CEO
Grady Memorial Hospital
Sharon O’Keefe, MS
University of Chicago Medicine
Donna Sollenberger, MA
Executive Vice President and CEO, UTMB Health System
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Johnese Spisso, MPA, RN
CEO, UCLA Hospital System
President, UCLA Health System & Associate Vice Chancellor, University of California Los Angeles
Michael Karpf, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
UK HealthCare

At-Large Members

  • Akram Boutros, MD, president and CEO, The MetroHealth System
  • Patrick Cawley, MD, MHM, Executive Director and CEO, MUSC Medical University of South Carolina
  • Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM, President and CEO, UMASS Memorial Health Care
  • Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP, CEO, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
  • Barry Freedman, CEO, Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Wright Lassiter III, President, Henry Ford Health System
  • Carlos Migoya, President and CEO, Jackson Health System
  • Steve Purves, CEO, Maricopa Integrated Health System
  • Sam Ross, MD, CEO, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
  • Joseph Scott, President and CEO, Jersey City Medical Center – RWJBarnabas Health
  • Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH, CEO, University of Virginia Health System

About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.