The American Hospital Association board of trustees has elected eight members to serve three-year terms on the board beginning Jan.1, 2017. In addition, the board recently appointed two new trustees to serve partial terms. The board of trustees is the highest policymaking body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances. 

The elected trustees are as follows:

Vanessa Ervin, past chair and current board member of the Onslow County Hospital Authority, Jacksonville, N.C., is CEO of Carobell Inc., a nonprofit health care provider in Jacksonville. Ervin, an ordained minister, will chair Regional Policy Board 3, where she currently serves as a delegate.

Rodney Hochman, M.D., is president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health. He joined Providence Health & Services in 2012. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Swedish Health Services in Seattle. Previously, he held executive positions with Sentara Health Care in Virginia, the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and Guthrie Health System in Pennsylvania, and is on the board of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care. Hochman will chair Regional Policy Board 9. His AHA participation includes the Section for Health Care Systems governing council and AHA advisory committees. 

M. Michelle Hood is president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Brewer, Maine. She was previously president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Systems, Montana region. Hood is past chair of the AHA Section for Health Care Systems governing council and a past Regional Policy Board 1 member. She serves on the University of Maine System board as immediate past chair and on the Vizient (VHA) New England board as immediate past chair. Hood served as chair of the Maine Hospital Association for the 2013–14 term and remains an active MHA board member.  

Wright L. Lassiter III is president of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, which he joined in 2014. Prior to that, he was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif. Lassiter is a past chair of the governing council of the AHA Section for Metropolitan Hospitals. He is a member of the AHA Board Task Force on Ensuring Access to Care in Vulnerable Communities. Additionally, he served on the executive committee of the boards of the California Hospital Association and America's Essential Hospitals. 

David Molmen is CEO of Altru Health System, a vertically integrated tertiary health system based in Grand Forks, N.D. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer of Altru Health System. Molmen will serve as chair of Regional Policy Board 6, where he is a current member. Molmen has served as the chair of the North Dakota Hospital Association, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Council, the VHA Upper Midwest board of directors, the Health Policy Consortium and the North Dakota Medical Group Management Association. 

Jason A. Spring is chief executive of provider network integration for Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Healthcare, a position he assumed in June 2016. Before that, he was CEO of North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, Mont. He has been a member of the AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals governing council since 2014 and is on the Montana Hospital Association board of directors. Spring serves on U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke’s Congressional Advisory Committee and is vice chair of the Montana West Economic Development Corp.  

Allen S. Weiss, M.D., has been president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Fla., for the past decade. Prior to that, he was president for more than six years. He is responsible for a 715-bed, two-hospital integrated health care system. Weiss also has led a physician-hospital organization. At the state level, Weiss chaired the quality committee of the Healthy Florida Foundation that shared recommendations for evidence-based medicine to transform health care and is immediate past chair of the Florida Hospital Association. He is also chair of the Vizient Upper Midwest board. He has served on AHA’s Regional Policy Board 4. 

Joe Wilkins is vice chair of St. Joseph Hoag Health (Providence St. Joseph Health) in Irvine, Calif. Wilkins has more than 35 years of experience in health care. After developing and managing biomedical services for Kennedy Health System in New Jersey, he spent 30 years of his career at Danaher-Beckman Coulter. He is a member of the executive team at Quest Diagnostics. An AHA board member serving a one-year term, Wilkins is an ex officio member of the AHA’s Committee on Governance and serves as chair of the Governance Forum of the California Hospital Association. He also serves on the California Department of Public Health, Health Office of Health Equity board. He is board-certified in health care management as an American College of Healthcare Executives fellow. 

David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford (Calif.) Health Care, has been appointed to a one-year term to fill a vacancy on the board. Before joining Stanford Health Care, Entwistle served as CEO of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics in Salt Lake City, a post he held since 2007. Entwistle also served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, and as vice president of professional services and joint venture operations at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. He has been active in the AHA and served as an AHA board member and chair of Regional Policy Board 8 before moving to California. He is the AHA’s liaison to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Judith Rich, whose appointment was announced by the AHA last month, is president and CEO of Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center Healthcare. Rich began her tenure as president and CEO of TMC Healthcare in 2007 after serving as senior consultant for the Bard Group in Newton, Mass., from 2006 to 2007. Previously, Rich served as senior vice president and chief operations officer at TMC Healthcare from 2003 to 2006. She has also held positions as vice president of clinical services and operations at Wellmont Health System's Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; nurse manager at St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan Hospitals in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and as nursing care coordinator and advanced staff nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Rich served as the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association board chair from 2012 to 2015 and has been a member of its board since 2008. In addition, she has served on numerous local, state and national boards and committees. Rich’s term on the AHA board began in June and runs through Dec. 31, 2018.