|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
November 17, 2011
HHC President Alan D. Aviles Named to the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association
New York, NY – New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Alan D. Aviles was named to the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA) today in Chicago, Illinois at the last executive session of the year. The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances. President Aviles will begin serving a two year term on the AHA Board immediately.
“Across the nation, our hospitals and health systems are facing the imperative to improve the health of our patients and communities, even as we lower the per capita cost of care,” said HHC President Aviles. “I’m honored to join the AHA Board at such an important time of challenge and change in health care.”
President Aviles was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in February 2005 and is currently the longest serving president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. To achieve a vision for HHC focused on increasingly safe, efficient, effective and patient-centered care, Mr. Aviles is leading efforts to better manage chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma, addressing healthcare disparities by increasing access, investing capital dollars strategically, and using cutting-edge technology to enhance efficiency, quality and patient safety.
Under Mr. Aviles’ leadership, the city’s public healthcare system, while remaining steadfast in its mission to provide quality care to all regardless of their ability to pay, is also experiencing a dynamic transformation. Highlighted by a $1.3 billion capital program to rebuild and modernize its aging infrastructure, today’s HHC is securing a national reputation for quality medical care and leadership in patient-centered initiatives. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality.
In addition to sitting on the Board of Trustees at the AHA, President Aviles also serves on the Boards of a number of other organizations, including the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Healthcare Association of New York State, the Primary Care Development Corporation, and Public Health Solutions (formerly MHRA). He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include more than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 400,000 member health plan, MetroPlus, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality.