Swedish Chief Medical Officer Named to American Hospital Association Board of Trustees

Swedish Chief Medical Officer Named to American Hospital Association Board of Trustees

SEATTLE, Wash., August 8, 2013 — The American Hospital Association (AHA) today named John Vassall, M.D., to its Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees makes policy for the AHA and has authority over its governance and management. Dr. Vassall, chief medical officer at Swedish Medical Center, joins seven other new board members who will begin their three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2014.

The AHA is a national organization representing nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care networks, and other care providers. Through its advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters.

Prior to his appointment on the Board of Trustees, Dr. Vassall served on AHA’s Regional Policy Board 9 since 2011. Known for his longstanding regional and national leadership, Dr. Vassall is past president of the University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Association. He was a Washington State Medical Association delegate to the American Medical Association from 1987 until 2012 and served as speaker of the House of Delegates for the Washington State Medical Association. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees for both the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association.

In his role on the Board of Trustees, Dr. Vassall will continue his advocacy for healthier communities.  “The mission and vision of Swedish and the American Hospital Association closely align,” said Dr. Vassall.  “We’re each committed to improving the health of the communities we serve, reducing the cost of healthcare and improving the patient experience. I’m looking forward to making a leadership contribution on the national level through the AHA.”

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About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health-care provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Ballard, Cherry Hill, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care, including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org.

About Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health-care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, Providence affiliated with Swedish Health Services, expanding both organizations’ ability to carry out their individual missions. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. The health system employs more than 64,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state – with its system office located in Renton, Wash. In 2011, Providence provided more than $651 million in community benefit, including nearly $204 million in free and discounted care for those who could not afford to pay for care. Providence Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began more than 155 years ago. For more information, visit www.providence.org.

About the American Hospital Association

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

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