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Institute Board of Directors and Staff



As a supporting organization to America’s Essential Hospitals, Essential Hospitals Institute is governed by a 16-member board that consists of both member and outside directors.

The board provides strategic direction and oversight of the Institute. The directors meet periodically to consider and vote on key Institute activities.

Board members, who are appointed by the board of directors for America’s Essential Hospitals, serve staggered, two-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive terms.

View our past Institute board chairs back to 1990.

Learn more about how America’s Essential Hospitals is governed.


Susan Cooper, BSN, MSN
Chief Integration Officer and Senior Vice President
Regional One Health
Stuart Guterman, MA
Independent Consultant
Secretary and Chair-Elect
Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA
Senior Vice President of Community Health Transformation and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
UChicago Medicine
Rohit Bhalla, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical and Quality Officer Stamford Hospital
Recording Secretary (Ex Officio)
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

Member Directors

  • Timothy G. Curtin, MBA, MSW, Executive Director of Community Services, Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, Fla.
  • Luke Day, MD, chief medical officer, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco.
  • Christopher Lombardozzi, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, quality, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Michelle O’Keefe, MA, chief communications officer, Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis
  • Shannon Sale, MHA, chief strategy officer, Grady Health
  • Deborah Visconi, MS, president and CEO, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Paramus, N.J.
  • Wendy Wilcox, MD, MPH, MBA, chief women’s health officer, NYC Health + Hospitals, New York.

Outside Directors

  • Melinda Abrams, MS, executive vice president for programs, The Commonwealth Fund, New York
  • Anand Shah, MD, MS, vice president of social health, Kaiser Permanente
  • Kevin Weiss, MD, MPH, MHSA, chief sponsoring institutions and clinical learning environment officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Chicago, Illinois


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

Research Committee

Visit our About page to access information on America’s Essential Hospitals’ standing committees.


Kalpana Ramiah
Vice President of Innovation and Director, Essential Hospitals Institute

Tanya Alteras
Director of Research and Innovation

Vashon Coehins
Manager of Education

Amanda Jepson
Program Associate

Hannah Lambalot
Manager of Sponsored Projects

Amaodo Oguagha
Program Associate

Andrea Wright
Institute Coordinator

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