CHA News Article

AHA Announces New President/CEO

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees has named Rick Pollack as its next president and chief executive officer. A 32-year veteran of the AHA, Pollack will succeed Richard J. Umbdenstock, who announced his retirement in November and will retire at the end of 2015. Since 1991, Pollack has served as 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. He will step into his new role in September.

“Rick Pollack is a great choice to serve as the next AHA President and CEO. Rick’s 32 years as an AHA executive and leader in Washington, D.C., make him well-qualified to head up our national association,” said CHA President /CEO C. Duane Dauner.  

Pollack, 59, started his professional career in 1977 as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin. He left Capitol Hill to become a lobbyist with the American Nurses Association. He went on to join the AHA’s Washington 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 D.C. office before becoming executive vice president.