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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.


Parveen Chand, MHA
Chief Operating Officer
Academic Health Center — Adult Hospitals at Indiana University Health
Christine Neuhoff, JD, MBA
System Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
St. Luke’s Health System
Secretary and Chair-Elect
Stuart Guterman
Independent Consultant
Susan Cooper, MSN
Chief Integration Officer and Senior Vice President Regional One Health
Recording Secretary (Ex Officio)
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

Member Directors

  • Brenda Battle, MBA, senior vice president, 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, Stamford, Conn.
  • Emily Blomberg, MHA, chief operating officer, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis
  • Melany Gavulic, RN, MBA, president and CEO, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  • Kim Hollon, president and CEO, Signature Healthcare – Brockton Hospital, Brockton, Mass.
  • Shannon Sale, MHA, chief strategy officer, Grady Health
  • Darrell Terry Sr., MHA, MPH, president and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

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
  • Dale Shaller, MPA, principal, Shaller Consulting Group, Stillwater, Minnesota
  • 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

Dayna Clark
Senior Research Associate

Vashon Coehins
Manager of Education

Elizabeth Frentzel
Manager of Sponsored Projects

Savanah Hiers
Program Associate

Hannah Lambalot
Research Associate

Maeceon Lewis
Data Reporting Associate

Brian Roberson
Manager of Data Analytics

Tomi Sontan
Heath Equity Associate

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