American Hospital Association names Rick Pollack president and CEO

The American Hospital Association has named Rick Pollack, a 32-year veteran of the AHA, president and CEO, the national group announced.

Mr. Pollack will succeed Richard J. Umbdenstock, who announced his retirement in November and will retire at the end of 2015.

Since 1991, Mr. Pollack has been the AHA's executive vice president for advocacy and public policy responsible for the development, implementation and management of the association's advocacy, representation and public affairs activities, according to the AHA.

Mr. Pollack will become the AHA's president and CEO in September, making him the 11th person to hold the top post in the association's 117-year history.

Mr. Pollack's professional career began in 1977 as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, according to the AHA. He later became a lobbyist with the American Nurses Association. He went on to join the AHA's Washington, D.C. office, where he has been a member of the association's advocacy team, initially serving as associate director for legislation, and then vice president for federal relations and deputy director of the Washington, D.C. office before becoming executive vice president. 



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