American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock announced today that he will retire at the end of 2015. The AHA board of trustees has formed a search committee and engaged Korn Ferry, a national executive search firm, to conduct the search for his successor. AHA chair-elect designee Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care in Illinois, will chair the search committee.

“Being president of the AHA has been the highlight of my career,” Umbdenstock said in a message to association members. “For the past eight years, it has been my privilege to learn from you and to represent you. Together, we have accomplished a great deal — building a better health system for all. … I’ve been honored to be part of a field where doing the extraordinary is the ordinary. Your dedication and commitment to your mission, patients and community continue to inspire me.”

Umbdenstock has led the AHA since Jan. 1, 2007. Previously, he was the elected AHA board chair in 2006. The AHA leads, represents and serves more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 43,000 individual members.

Umbdenstock’s career includes experience in hospital administration; health system governance, management and integration; association governance and management; HMO governance; and health care governance consulting. He has written several books and articles for the health care board audience and has authored national survey reports for the AHA, the Health Research & Educational Trust and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in politics from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and a master’s in health services administration from SUNY–Stony Brook. He is a Fellow of ACHE.

Umbdenstock is vice chair of the National Quality Forum, serves on the board of Enroll America, and co-chairs the CAQH Provider Council. He also serves on the National Priorities Partnership and the Center for Transforming Advanced Care Steering Committee.

Look for an interview with Umbdenstock in Monday's H&HN Daily.