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America’s Essential Hospitals Elects New Member Leaders

July 2, 2013

WASHINGTON – America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, and its research affiliate, Essential Hospitals Institute, have elected new members and officers to governing committees that help guide association advocacy, education, and quality improvement work.

“Our member volunteers make invaluable contributions to the success of this organization,” said America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH. “We welcome our new leaders and look forward to working with them over the next year.”

America’s Essential Hospitals Executive Committee

Steven G. Gabbe, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, CEO, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – Dr. Gabbe is one of the world’s leading experts on the complications of diabetes and pregnancy, the author of more than 160 peer-reviewed papers and senior editor of the leading textbook in his field, “Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies.” He earned his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Cornell University Medical College.

Essential Hospitals Institute Board of Directors

L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital – Dr. Pasternak joined Stony Brook in September 2012 as CEO and vice president for health systems. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he spent the majority of his academic career, in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. Dr. Pasternak also serves on the advisory board for clinical research at the National Institutes of Health.

New Officers

The America’s Essential Hospitals executive committee and Essential Hospitals Institute board also elected new officers for 2013-2014. As of July 1, America’s Essential Hospitals officers are Chair Thomas P. Traylor, vice president, federal, state, and local programs, Boston Medical Center; Chair-Elect William B. Walker, MD, director and health officer, Contra Costa Health Services; Secretary Johnese M. Spisso, RN, MPA, chief health system officer, UW Medicine; Treasurer David S. Lopez, president and CEO, Harris Health System; and Past-Chair Stephen W. McKernan, CEO, UNM Hospitals.

Also as of July 1, officers of Essential Hospitals Institute, formerly the National Public Health and Hospital Institute, are Chair Clifford Wang, MD, acting chief medical officer, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; Secretary and Chair-Elect Caroline M. Jacobs, MPH, MSEd, senior vice president, safety & human development, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; Treasurer Anna Roth, RN, CEO, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center; and Past-Chair Johnese M. Spisso, RN, MPA, chief health system officer, UW Medicine.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, 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. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our more than 200 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professionals training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care. Visit to learn more.

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