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Board & Committees



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.

Charlie Shields, MBA
President and CEO
University Health
Jennifer DeCubellis, MA
Hennepin Healthcare
Jacob Cintron, MBA
President and CEO
University Medical Center of El Paso
Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM
President and CEO
UMass Memorial Health Care
Joseph Webb, DSc, MSHA, FACHE
Nashville General Hospital

At-Large Members

  • Steve Arner, MBA, president and chief operating officer, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Va.
  • Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH, president, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.
  • Dixie James, MBA, president, central region, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia.
  • Anita Jenkins, MBA, CEO, Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • Katrina Keefer, MPA, CEO, DCH Health System, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Chester Kunnapilly, MD, CEO, San Mateo Medical Center, San Mateo, Calif.
  • Chad Lefteris, MHA, CEO, UCI Health, Orange, Calif.
  • Donna Lynne, DrPH, CEO, Denver Health, Denver
  • Sheldon McLeod, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, New York, N.Y.
  • Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Thomas Quatroche, PhD, president and CEO, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Shane Strum, MBA, president and CEO, Broward Health, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Albert Wright Jr., PharmD, MHA, president and CEO, West Virginia University Health System, Morgantown, W.Va.


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