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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

American Hospital Association Names Pitchford to Regional Policy Board

Pitchford Named to National Board
Ed Pitchford speaks with US Senator Bob Casey Tuesday in the senator's meeting with local leaders at the Gunzburger building in Coudersport. Pitchford outlined the hospital's needs to the senator.

The American Hospital Association recently named Edward C. Pitchford, president and chief executive officer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, to its regional policy board for the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania as a representative of the AHA’s constituency section for small or rural hospitals.

Pitchford was elected to a two-year term on the RPB2 after serving on the Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania Association’s board of directors, its small and rural hospital council and its public policy committee.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association and is a 2010 National Rural Health Association fellow. Pitchford has served in his current role at CCMH since 2007 and previously served as an executive at the Borgess Health Alliance based in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“I’m honored to have been selected to serve the American Hospital Association at this time in the history of our industry. We are experiencing the most significant changes in healthcare since the Great Society program of the 1960s which created the Medicare and Medicaid programs and I’m excited to be part of an organization that is influential and helping to lead the way both in Washington, D.C. and in our state,” Pitchford said. “Small rural hospitals need a strong advocate and I intend to fulfill that role during my term with AHA.”

AHA is a national membership services organization that advocates for close to 5,000 acute and specialty care providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. The section for small and rural hospitals has a long history of providing a unique blend of forum and network, linking hospital executives with shared interests and missions to advise AHA on policy and advocacy activities and to discuss issues of great importance to all small or rural hospitals.

The governing council for small or rural hospitals nominates hospital executives to serve on the RPBs. The nine RPBs across the nation meet three times a year through a regional network to foster communication between the AHA, its membership, and state hospital associations.

The purpose of the RPBs is to provide input on public policy issues to be considered by the AHA board of trustees, to serve as ad hoc policy development committees, when appropriate, to assist in implementing AHA grassroots policy and programs and to identify needs unique to a region and assist in developing programs to meet those needs.


Anonymous said...

That's Rigases old conference room table and this picture is takedn right out the old office door of Tim Rigas.

Anonymous said...

What is your point, on that?

Anonymous said...

We are lucky to have Pitchford representing the needs of small hospitals/communities

Anonymous said...

I just miss them a lot. and I miss the old conference table, and I miss seeing Tim through that glass.