Rick Pollack in September will become the 11th person to lead the American Hospital Association. The AHA board today announced that Pollack will succeed Rich Umbdenstock as president and CEO. Umbdenstock announced his retirement last November.

“Rick brings the right mix of skills to this role. His effective advocacy combined with his passion and commitment to the mission of hospitals and the men and women who work there will serve the association well,” said AHA Chairman Jonathan Perlin, M.D., president of clinical services and chief medical officer of the Nashville-based HCA. “He will build on the many strengths of the past and ably lead the association into the future.”

Pollack has served as the AHA’s executive vice president for advocacy and public policy since 1991.