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FAH Announced New Board Chair, New Member

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) announced its Board of Directors and Chairman for 2019. We are also excited to welcome a new member – Prime Healthcare.

The FAH board is comprised of the leaders of member companies. The 2019 Chair will be Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO of Tenet Healthcare.

“Health care will continue to be at the forefront of political and policy debates in the upcoming year. The FAH Board, with Ron as our leader, is well positioned to advocate for common sense solutions that will protect our ability to care for patients and meet the challenges that threaten the ability of hospitals to serve their communities.” said Chip Kahn, President and CEO of FAH.

“I am pleased to become Chair of the Federation for what is shaping up to be a pivotal year for health care policy. FAH members will continue building a strong advocacy platform that gives a clear voice to patients and their healthcare needs. We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide important perspectives to policymakers and drive solutions that we believe will improve the delivery of care in the communities we serve,” said Rittenmeyer. 

Prime Healthcare is also joining FAH in 2019.

Prime Healthcare is a leading health system dedicated to its mission of “Saving Hospitals, Saving Jobs, Saving Lives.” It has 45 hospitals in 14 states and employs more than 40,000 people. Prem Reddy, MD, Prime Healthcare’s Chairman, President and CEO, has joined the FAH Board.

“The Federation welcomes Prime Healthcare to our membership. Since its founding, Prime Healthcare has been committed to assuring patients access to high-quality hospital care in their own communities. Dr. Reddy has been extremely successful as an entrepreneur, physician, and philanthropist. We look forward to him bringing his leadership and experience to the Federation,” added Kahn.

“Prime Healthcare shares the Federation’s focus on making sure America’s hospitals provide the best treatment possible for the patients who depend on us,” said Dr. Reddy.

Adding, “For more than 50 years the Federation has built a reputation in Washington of being an organization that focuses on constructive, patient-centered policy and political solutions to the issues facing our nation’s health care system. I look forward to working with Chip and the leadership at FAH and sharing our experience in revitalizing community hospitals as we deliver on our shared mission to provide quality care to the patients and families we serve.”

Members of the FAH Board of Directors for 2019 include:


Ronald A. Rittenmeyer
Executive Chairman and CEO
Tenet Healthcare


Benjamin Breier
President and CEO
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.                                                                

David Dill
President and CEO
LifePoint Health

Ralph de la Torre, MD
Chairman and CEO
Steward Health Care System LLC

Samuel N. Hazen
Chief Executive Officer

Alan B. Miller
Chairman and CEO
Universal Health Services, Inc.

Prem Reddy, MD
Chairman, President and CEO
Prime Healthcare

Wayne T. Smith
Chairman and CEO
Community Health Systems

Mark J. Tarr
President and CEO
Encompass Health

David T. Vandewater
President & CEO
Ardent Health Services