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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cole Hospital's CEO Ed Pitchford recognized by the AHA

Cole Hospital's CEO Ed Pitchford recognized by the AHA

Over the past several years, Pitchford and his leadership team have transformed Cole Memorial.

Ed Pitchford
In partnership with the The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently honored hospital leaders across the nation, including Cole Memorial’s President and CEO Ed Pitchford, with a 2014 Grassroots Champion Award. This award recognizes those who have broadened community support for hospitals and served as advocates for their hospital and patients.

“To be named among the other leaders in the country as a 2014 AHA Grassroots Champion is truly an honor,” says Pitchford.

Pitchford has been a national and state advocate for rural health care in the region throughout his health care administration career—over 30 years. He was named the CEO of Cole Memorial in June 2007.

Over the past several years, Pitchford and his leadership team, with the support of the board of directors, have transformed Cole Memorial.

“Our industry leaders know that we can improve the value of the products that we offer to the public and are encouraging organizations across the country to reduce unnecessary spending, improve patient outcomes and eliminate avoidable harm to patients along the way,” says Pitchford. “Our organization is a leader in rural America, and I’m pleased that the American Hospital Association and others are recognizing us for this work.”

Among other organizations, Pitchford is an active member of the Pennsylvania Mountains Healthcare Alliance; the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association; and the National Rural Health Association, including participation in its Rural Fellowship program.

For more information, visit www.aha.org.

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