News from the AHA

AHA announces changes in Washington, D.C., office

The AHA last month announced several promotions in its Washington, D.C., office. Tom Nickels will manage federal relations and public policy analysis and development as executive vice president of government relations and public policy, succeeding Rick Pollack who became AHA president and CEO on Sept. 1. Nickels most recently served as senior vice president for federal relations. Robyn Bash was named vice president of government relations and public policy operations. She also will continue as coordinator of executive branch relations and key liaison to congressional offices and health systems. Lisa Kidder Hrobsky rejoined the AHA as vice president of grassroots advocacy. She recently served as president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association and previously was AHA vice president for legislative affairs.

Infographic contrasts hospital partnerships, insurance deals

An AHA infographic highlights how hospitals work together and with physicians and other community partners to provide convenient, high-quality and affordable care. “Even in the midst of such profound transformation, the growth in hospital prices is at historically low levels,” it notes. The infographic also highlights how hospitals working to coordinate care are different from the recently proposed health insurer acquisitions. Visit

AHA Workforce Center attends ApprenticeshipUSA Summit

The AHA’s Workforce Center last month participated in a Department of Labor summit for leaders in the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative, which aims to double the number of registered apprenticeships over the next five years. The Center is among 135 stakeholders across all fields taking part in the program as a Leader of Excellence in Apprenticeship Development, Education and Research, which will allow the AHA to inform hospitals about how apprenticeships can build a skilled pipeline of workers. Visit