America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, has a rich history and long record of accomplishments on behalf of its members. Since its inception, America’s Essential Hospitals has been universally recognized for its expertise on issues affecting care for the nation’s most vulnerable patients. This deep knowledge revolves around not only the organization’s ardent advocacy, but also its contributions toward research on issues essential hospitals face and the practical application of that research in areas such as quality improvement.
America’s Essential Hospitals champions excellence in health care for all, regardless of social or economic circumstance, and advances the work of hospitals and health systems committed to ensuring access to care and optimal health for America’s most vulnerable people.
Members’ Commitment to Service
America’s Essential Hospitals defines, through a shared commitment to service, the values that bind its members together:
America’s Essential Hospitals members commit to providing access to high-quality health care to all, especially to vulnerable populations. We are innovative hospitals and health systems that constantly strive to deliver the most efficient and effective care for those in greatest need, improving patient outcomes and quality of life in the communities we serve.
America’s Essential Hospitals was founded in 1981 as the National Association of Public Hospitals. Our initial membership of five public hospitals grew and evolved over the next 30 years, prompting us to review our brand in spring 2012. That review found that our members still share an unwavering commitment to serve all people, including the vulnerable. But it also found that our members now represent various forms of public and nonprofit systems.
Our new name, adopted in June 2013, recognizes this evolution and continues to speak to the legacy of public accountability and service and commitment to people who depend on essential hospitals for access to high-quality, affordable, and innovative health care. Communities depend on our hospitals, too: Association members serve as primary providers of essential community services that touch all people, including trauma and burn care, health professionals training, emergency preparedness and disaster response, and care coordination.