D-HH CEO named to board position
LEBANON – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD, is one of seven people who have been named to the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.
The new members were announced Wednesday by the association, for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1. The board is the highest policy-making body of the association, having ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.
Conroy leads Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, a nonprofit academic health system, New Hampshire’s largest private employer. Facilities include Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the system’s 396-bed flagship teaching hospital; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, a multi-specialty group practice employing more than 1,800 providers; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of 51 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers; a children’s hospital; four affiliated member hospitals; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 ambulatory care clinics around the state.
“American Hospital Association’s advocacy on behalf of our nation’s hospitals, and the millions of patients cared for by them, is critically important in today’s shifting health care landscape,” Conroy said.
“I’m proud and honored to be selected for the AHA board, and I look forward to fully engaging on the issues that are critically important to all of us who provide, and receive, care at hospitals.”
Earlier in her career, Conroy served as CEO of Massachusetts-based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. She also served as chief care officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C., for more than five years. In this role, she advanced AAMC’s strategic imperative of leading change to improve the nation’s health care system. By working with member medical schools and teaching hospitals, Conroy helped establish national health priorities and developed best practices to improve health by focusing on medical education, care delivery, research, diversity and inclusion.
Conroy is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she completed her residency in anesthesiology and served as chief resident for one year.
The association is a nonprofit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with Dr. Conroy’s appointment to the AHA Board of Trustees,” New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen said.“Her leadership and commitment to patients and health care transformation will serve as an excellent addition to the AHA Board and its commitment to shaping the future of the health care landscape in communities large and small all across the country.”
Others named to the association board include ICON Hospitality CEO and President Michael Charlton; Vanderbilt University Medical Center Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer Wright Pinson, MD; Cape Fear Valley Hoke Healthcare President Roxie Wells, MD; Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center Regional President and CEO Mary Maertens; Augusta Health President and CEO Mary Mannix; Cottage Health President and CEO Ron Werft; and HCA Healthcare Continental Division President and CEO Sylvia Young.