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FAH Honors Richard Umbdenstock with Health Care Leadership Award

March 02, 2015 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News

Today the Federation of American Hospitals honored Richard J. Umbdenstock, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Hospital Association, with the first-ever FAH Health Care Leadership Award.  The award was presented to Mr. Umbdenstock at the FAH Annual Meeting, prior to his remarks at the opening plenary session of the two-day conference.

Mr. Umbdenstock, who will retire later this year, has led the AHA for more than 8 years.  The FAH bestowed the inaugural award to Mr. Umbdenstock to celebrate his career in health care, and his many important achievements that have benefitted countless Americans and strengthened the nation’s hospital systems.

As the award proclaims:

Mr. Umbdenstock’s thoughtful vision and passionate dedication to putting patients first helped lead the country to realize greater access to health care in the Affordable Care Act.  Mr. Umbdenstock also worked tirelessly to promote high quality hospital care through his steadfast leadership in the Hospital Quality Alliance, National Quality Forum and the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative.

I presented the award to Mr. Umbdenstock, who received a standing ovation from the audience.

The FAH extends its utmost thanks and gratitude to Richard Umbdenstock for his work in health care, his dedication to hospitals and most of all, to the patients.