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America’s Essential Hospitals Announces New Board Leadership


WASHINGTON — New member leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research and quality arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, today officially began their roles overseeing the organizations’ work.

“Our board members are key collaborators in our advocacy and research efforts,” said Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals. “We look forward to the perspectives, expertise, and front-line experience they’ll bring to our organization.”

Joseph Scott, president and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center and executive vice president of health care transformation at RWJBarnabas Health, in Jersey City, New Jersey, becomes America’s Essential Hospitals’ board chair.

“America’s Essential Hospitals play a fundamental role in ensuring that uninsured and Medicaid patients have access to the most efficient and effective care,” Scott said. “Improving health care disparities across the communities we serve has been a key driver for both Jersey City Medical Center and the RWJBarnabas Health system as a whole. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with leaders from across the country to advance the work of hospitals and health systems and ensure access to quality care for all, regardless of social or economic circumstance.”

He succeeds Donna Sollenberger, MA, executive vice president and CEO of University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who becomes past-chair.

Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, in Detroit, becomes the association’s new chair-elect. Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP, CEO of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, in San Francisco, becomes the board’s secretary. Steve Purves, president and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System, in Phoenix, becomes the board’s treasurer.

The new Essential Hospitals Institute board chair is Delvecchio Finley, MPP, CEO of Alameda Health System, in Oakland, California.

“I’m honored to serve as chair of the Essential Hospital Institute,” Finley said. “The Institute has a rich history of excellence in research, education, and leadership development that advances health and wellness in communities across our country, particularly for our most vulnerable populations. The Institute’s work is critical for essential hospitals as we transform our delivery systems through simultaneous pursuits of delivering high-quality care and addressing vexing issues of equity and disparity among the populations we serve.”

Finley succeeds Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio. Moffatt-Bruce becomes past-chair.

The Institute’s new chair-elect and secretary is Christine Neuhoff, JD, system vice president and chief legal officer at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. Reuven Pasternak, MD, MPH, MBA, CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital, in Stony Brook, New York, becomes the Institute’s new treasurer. Siegel continues as recording secretary (ex officio).

New and Continuing Directors

America’s Essential Hospitals’ board welcomes these new at-large member directors:

  • Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, president, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
  • Sharon O’Keefe, president, UChicago Medicine, Chicago
  • Thomas Quatroche, PhD, president and CEO, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, New York
  • LouAnn Woodward, MD, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean, School of Medicine, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi

These member leaders continue as at-large association board directors:

  • Akram Boutros, MD, president and CEO, The MetroHealth System, Cleveland
  • Patrick Cawley, MD, MHM, executive director and CEO, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, South Carolina
  • Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Barry Freedman, president and CEO, Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia
  • Carlos Migoya, president and CEO, Jackson Health System, Miami
  • Charlie Shields, president and CEO, Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kevin Spiegel, president and CEO, Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH, CEO, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia

The Essential Hospitals Institute board added these new member directors:

  • Roy Gilbreath, MD, senior vice president and chief system of care integration officer, Navicent Health, Macon, Georgia
  • Leon Haley, MD, MSHA, CEO, UF Health Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida

These member leaders continue as Institute board directors:

  • Ericka Brown, MD, MBA, chief operating officer, Harris Health System, Houston
  • Dave Chokshi, MD, MSc, senior assistant vice president, NYC Health + Hospitals, New York
  • Jon Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis
  • John Jay Shannon, MD, CEO, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Chicago

The Essential Hospitals Institute also added these new outside, at-large Institute director:

  • Roderick King, MD, MPH, CEO, Florida Institute for Health Innovation, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Dale Shaller, MPA, Principal, Shaller Consulting Group, Stillwater, Minnesota

These leaders also continue as outside, at-large Institute directors:

  • Stuart Guterman, independent consultant, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Erica Murray, MPA, president and CEO, CAPH-California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Oakland, California

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 325 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at

About Essential Hospitals Institute
Essential Hospitals Institute is the research and quality arm of America’s Essential Hospitals. The Institute supports the nation’s essential hospitals as they provide high-quality, equitable, and affordable care to their communities. Working with members of America’s Essential Hospitals, we identify promising practices from the field, conduct research, disseminate innovative strategies, and help our members improve their organizational performance. We do all of this with an eye toward improving individual and population health, especially for vulnerable people.

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