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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.

Steve Purves
President and CEO
Valleywise Health
Charlie Shields
President and CEO
Truman Medical Centers/University Health
Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM
President and CEO
UMass Memorial Health Care
Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Janice Nevin, MD, MPH
President and CEO

At-Large Members

  • Kathleen Becker, JD, MPH, CEO, UNM Hospitals, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • David Brenner, MD, vice chancellor for health sciences, UC San Diego Health System, San Diego
  • Patrick Cawley, MD, MHM, executive director and CEO, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jacob Cintron, MBA, CEO, University Medical Center of El Paso
  • Nina Dusang, chief financial officer, DCH Health System, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Shereef Elnahal, MD, MBA, president and CEO, University Hospital, Newark., N.J.
  • Sheldon McLeod, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
  • Thomas Quatroche, PhD, president and CEO, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, New York
  • Florence Spyrow, JD, MHA, MPA, MSN, president and CEO, Northern Arizona Healthcare
  • Karen Teitelbaum, MA, MM, president and CEO, Sinai Health System, Chicago
  • Kate Walsh, president and CEO, Boston Medical Center
  • Joseph Webb, DSc, MSHA, CEO, Nashville General Hospital at Meharry


Below find a list of our standing committees, with links to members-only resources and information.

Awards Committee

Education Committee

Investment, Audit & Compliance Committee

Membership Committee

Policy Advisory Committee

Strategic Planning Committee




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Log in to America’s Essential Hospitals’ board group page to access board-specific resources and information.

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