Chair File: Confidence and Hope for the Future of Health Care

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After I started my time period as AHA board chair in January 2022, the well being care subject was evolving. Hospitals and well being programs had been specializing in the speedy wants of responding to the pandemic whereas additionally prioritizing very important work on long-term methods to advance well being.

We’ve skilled formidable challenges this previous yr. Some points — like entry, effectivity and fairness — are ongoing challenges. Different points — like cybersecurity and local weather change — have taken on extra significance in well being care.

Tackling challenges head-on, the AHA has labored with hospitals and well being programs to remain centered on:

  • offering higher care and larger worth;
  • advocating for the monetary stability of hospitals and well being programs;
  • advancing efficient approaches and techniques to assist the well being care workforce;
  • enhancing innovation to assist the workforce and meet well being care shopper calls for; and
  • working to make sure range, fairness and inclusion and eradicate well being disparities.

The monetary challenges hospitals and well being programs are experiencing now are in contrast to these we’ve ever seen. Nonetheless, the time I’ve spent this yr listening and dealing with different well being care leaders and groups in my neighborhood and throughout the nation offers me confidence and hope for the longer term.

Martin Luther King Jr. stated the “final measure” of an individual isn’t the place they stand “in moments of consolation and comfort” however the place they stand “at instances of problem and controversy.”

We can not lose sight of why we selected this thrilling and rewarding subject and what we’re preventing for each day: the well being and well-being of our sufferers and our communities.

It’s been a privilege serving as AHA board chair this yr. And I’m delighted to welcome John Haupert, president and CEO of Grady Well being System, who will take the reins as 2023 board chair.

Whereas our subject has been challenged, there may be nonetheless a lot good that occurs in our organizations on a day-to-day foundation that now we have a lot to be pleased about and enthusiastic about within the years forward.

Wishing you and your family members a peaceable vacation season and completely satisfied and wholesome new yr.