AHA Solutions Appoints Three New Members to its Board of Directors

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AHA Solutions, Inc. announced it has appointed three new members to its 2012 Board of Directors. Members of the board oversee long-range strategic and financial planning, while also ensuring that AHA Solutions’ priorities are aligned with those of our nation’s hospitals.

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We are pleased to announce the addition of three highly qualified and well-respected individuals to our Board of Directors

AHA Solutions, Inc. today announced it has appointed three new members to its 2012 Board of Directors. Members of the board oversee long-range strategic and financial planning, while also ensuring that AHA Solutions’ priorities are aligned with those of our nation’s hospitals. A subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA), AHA Solutions is committed to supporting the interests and operational excellence of hospitals by identifying solutions that address some of the most pressing challenges facing health care today.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of three highly qualified and well-respected individuals to our Board of Directors,” stated Anthony J. Burke, President and CEO, AHA Solutions, Inc. “They were selected based on professional expertise and depth of understanding of health care within their respective field.”

James A. Berg, FACHE, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

In his current role, Mr. Berg is responsible for day-to-day operations of the 898-bed flagship hospital in Dallas for Texas Health Resources (THR). He also has responsibility for service excellence, employee engagement and the hospital’s four Joint Ventures. During his tenure, Texas Health Dallas achieved several milestones, including the Women’s Specialty Surgery Center Joint Venture in partnership with 42 physicians, $207 million construction of the new Hamon patient bed tower, $30 million Operating Room/Hybrids addition and Magnet redesignation. Mr. Berg has also been instrumental in implementing numerous workflow improvements using Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Productivity has improved 20 percent, with employee engagement scores rising to the 93rd percentile.
Mr. Berg has more than 30 years of experience as a senior health care leader. Prior to joining Texas Health Resources, he was system President/CEO of the Methodist Hospitals in the Metro Chicago area. He served as Executive Vice President/COO of Genesis Health System and President/CEO of Mercy Hospital in Iowa. He also held senior leadership positions in Kansas, Utah, and St. Louis. Mr. Berg holds a Master of Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, from Saint Louis University. He has more than 20 years of outstanding service in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Medical Service Corps, and is retired with the military rank of Lt. Colonel.

Walter J. Fahey, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Maimonides Medical Center

In his current role, Mr. Fahey is responsible for Information Technology, including telecommunications. Under his guidance, Maimonides has won many prestigious awards, including the ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award in 1998, The Nicholas E. Davies Award in 2002, and the American Hospital Association’s “Most Wired” and/or “Most Wireless” 1999 to 2011. Mr. Fahey was also instrumental in the development of the Heal 1, 5, 10 and 17 Grant applications to develop the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX).

With more than 25 years of experience in the health care field, Mr. Fahey has held IT leadership positions at The Hospital for Joint Diseases, Baxter Health Care, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and The New York Methodist Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Corey B. Heller, Corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Baptist Health South Florida
In his current role, Mr. Heller is responsible for overseeing all human resource (HR) functions, including talent management, recruitment, retention, benefits, compensation, HR operations and organizational effectiveness. Under his leadership, Baptist Health has received several workplace accolades, including Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 12 consecutive years, Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for 17 years as the only health care system awarded, and Ethisphere Institute’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to joining Baptist Health, Mr. Heller held executive HR positions at LexisNexis, Cisco Systems and various divisions of PepsiCo. At the Australian-based Brambles Industries Limited, he was responsible for strategic HR initiatives in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Mr. Heller is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds a Master degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. He is certified as a Senior Professional Human Resources executive and is a Certified Compensation Professional.

The addition of these three new members completes the full 2012 Board of Directors. Other members of the 2012 Board of Directors include: Shahin Motakef (Chairman), Chief Executive Officer of Scott and White Memorial Hospital and Chief Operating Officer of Scott and White Temple Clinics; Neil J. Jesuele, Executive Vice President of the AHA and President of Health Forum; Anthony J. Burke, Senior Vice President of the AHA and President and CEO of AHA Solutions, Inc.; Penny D. Cermak, Secretary/Treasurer at Immanuel Health Center; David S. Fox, President of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital; Donna Poduska, Director of Resource Services at Poudre Valley Hospital; and Mike Smith, Chief Information Officer of Lee Memorial Health System.        

About AHA Solutions
AHA Solutions, Inc. is a resource to hospitals pursuing operational excellence. As an American Hospital Association (AHA) member service, AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders and market consultants to conduct the proprietary AHA Signature Due Diligence Process™ and identify solutions to hospital challenges in the areas of care continuum, cultural transformation, clinical integration and financial sustainability. AHA Solutions provides related marketplace analytics and education to support product decision-making. As a subsidiary of the AHA, the organization convenes people with like interests for knowledge sharing centered on timely information and research. AHA Solutions is proud to reinvest its profits in the AHA mission: creating healthier communities. For more information, contact AHA Solutions at 800.242.4677 or visit http://www.aha-solutions.org.

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