Hospital Group Renamed To Reflect Larger Interests
To reflect "dramatic changes" in the country's health-care environment, the Federation of American Hospitals has changed its name and expanded its bylaws.
The new name, Federation of American Health Systems, incorporates what Executive Director Michael D. Bromberg called "areas of mutual concern," such as health insurance and home health-care into the organizations' fairly traditional representation.
"Members are no longer simply hospitals or hospital-management companies, but actual systems involved in such service areas as ambulatory surgery, home health-care, long-term care, outpatient care and health insurance," said Bromberg. He added that federation members are changing their strategies to expand from the traditional acute-care hospital business to more comprehensive health-care systems, which make up a wide range of health-care services; as a result, the association is following suit.
The federation has also created a new affiliate category in its bylaws. The category was designed so that the health-care and health-insurance companies can participate in federation meetings, said Bromberg.
Samuel Howard, the federation's president-elect, who will be sworn in as president on April 12 in Las Vegas, named the four most important challenges that the federation faces in the years ahead. His list includes: finding solutions to the social issues of uncompensated health care; shifting the federal governments' emphasis from budget considerations to high quality and accessible health care; modifying the medicare payment system to reflect actual costs and capital expenditures; and encouraging technological advances.
The federation has represented the nation's investor-owned hospitals, hospital-management companies and health-care systems for 20 years. PROFESSIONAL
Horace G. Duncan, 63, executive director of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), has announced he will step down in March of 1987 to allow new leadership after nearly 15 years of directorship. The Bethesda-based association, which represents 4,000 managers of private athletic, yacht and military clubs, has boosted its original budget of $415,000 to more than $2 million annually under Duncan's reign. With 29 years of service to the CMAA, Duncan has worked in several positions, including national director, president and executive director. He also helped develop many of the associations services, such as the "Certified Club Manager" professional-certification program. A selection committee has been appointed to seek a replacement for Duncan in 1987.
Washington's American Association of University Women has chosen an association-management executive from Chicago as its new executive director. The 190,000-member group is the largest and oldest educational group dedicated to the advancement of women in education, said an association spokesman. The group was founded in 1881 by a small group of college graduates who saw a need for such a group. Today AAUW is involved in education and social action at all levels. TRADE
The board of directors at the Consumer Banker's Association has named former Visa USA and Visa International employe Thomas E. Honey as its president. Honey was responsible for developing and setting into motion the new consumer payment services as senior vice president of Visa's consumer product division. Honey also worked in retail banking as an assistant vice president in marketing during the early '70s for the Bank of California. The CBA is a nonprofit trade group established 67 years ago to provide a voice for the retail banking industry. CBA membership is open to all federally insured depository institutions, including commercial banks, thrifts and credit unions. According to an association spokesman, the groups' members hold more than 70 percent of consumer credit and more than 80 percent of consumer deposit accounts held by commercial banks.
The U.S. League of Savings Institutions (USL) has filled two senior vice presidential positions. Coleman C. O'Brien, former vice president and associate legislative counsel for the USL, was promoted to senior vice president, legislative council. James H. Cousins has left the National Council of Savings Institutions to become senior vice president for legislative affairs for the League.
The board of directors at the Electronic Mail Association have elected Philip M. Walker general regulatory council of GTE Telenet, and a charter member of the three-year-old association as its chairman. EMA's member companies are telecommunication carriers, equipment manufacturers, corporate electronic-mail users, software developers and industry consultants. Currently, EMA has seventy members.
Ray Orndorff, director of restaurant operations at People's Drug Stores/Hardees Restaurants in Virginia, Maryland and the District has been elected president of the 1,100-member Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.