WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) and its research affiliate, the National Public Health and Hospital Institute (NPHHI), have elected several new members to their governance committees for the 2012 to 2013 term. These committees help guide NAPH and NPHHI advocacy and education, as well as quality improvement opportunities stemming from NPHHI's Transformation Center.
"We are excited about the contributions these members will make to our governance committees and look forward to the opportunity to work with them in serving safety net hospitals across the country," said Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, NAPH's president and chief executive officer.
NAPH Executive Committee
NPHHI Board of Directors
The NAPH Executive Committee and NPHHI Board also elected new officers for 2012-2013. As of July 1, NAPH officers are Stephen W. McKernan, UNM Hospitals, Chair; Thomas P. Traylor, Boston Medical Center, Chair-Elect; William B. Walker, MD, Contra Costa Health Services, Secretary; Johnese Spisso, RN, MPA, UW Medicine Health System, Treasurer; and Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, Past-Chair.
NPHHI officers as of July 1 are Johnese Spisso, RN, MPA, Chief Health System Officer & VP Medical Affairs, UW Medicine Health System, Chair; Clifford Wang, MD, President, Medical Staff, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, Secretary; Caroline Jacobs, MPH, MS Ed, Senior Vice President of Patient Safety, Accreditation & Regulatory Services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Treasurer; Reginald W. Coopwood, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Past-Chair.
About the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH)
NAPH represents the nation's safety net hospitals and health systems, which provide high volumes of care to low-income individuals. These facilities offer high-quality health services for all patients, including the uninsured and underinsured, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to helping ensure access to health care for all Americans, safety net hospitals provide many essential communitywide services, such as primary care, trauma care, and neonatal intensive care. Safety net hospitals also train many of America's doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. Since its inception in 1980, NAPH has cultivated a strong presence on Capitol Hill, with the executive branch, and in many state capitols. NAPH advocates on behalf of its members on such issues as Medicaid, Medicare, and access to health care services for vulnerable populations. For more information, visit our website at http://www.naph.org/.