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Chicago, IL
501 to 1000 employees
1898
Nonprofit Organization
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The American Hospital Association (AHA) represents more than 5,000 hospitals and other health care providers and some 38,000 individuals from various health care fields. The AHA acts as an advocate in national health care policy development and provides services to its members ... Read more

American Hospital Association – Why Work For Us?


The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.

Through our representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Our advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas.

Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

In summer 1995, after regional policy board (RPB) review, the Board of Trustees approved vision and mission statements:

Vision: The AHA vision is of a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

Mission: To advance the health of individuals and communities. The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement.

Achievements: Some of the association's major contributions throughout the years illustrate its dual trade organization/public interest emphasis. In 1937, when the notion of voluntary prepayment was still controversial, the AHA established the Hospital Service Plan Commission, now better known as Blue Cross. The association helped establish and sought funding for the Commission on Hospital Care, the recommendations of which led to establishment of the Hill-Burton program. In 1951, the AHA was instrumental in establishing the Commission on Financing of Hospital Services, the results of which led to national recognition of the special health care problems of the elderly and culminated in the Medicare legislation of 1965. AHA was an early advocate of prospective pricing for Medicare reimbursement and set the pace for understanding and eventual congressional passage of a prospective pricing system. In all these initiatives, the association has sought to serve the needs of communities and health improvement.

Membership Governance and Policy Development. The most significant events in the AHA governance and policy development structure have been the establishment of the House of Delegates in 1938, the regional advisory boards in 1968, the constituency sections in 1983, and the restructuring of the process in 1987.

Prior to 1938, AHA meetings were much like town meetings; everyone who attended had a vote, and those who lived near the convention site had a major advantage. In 1938 the House of Delegates was established, and delegates were apportioned according to the total number of institutional and personal members in each state. Apportionment eventually was based on the total amount of institutional dues paid by the institutions in each state. Dues revenues is still the basis for apportioning state delegates. In 1938, the Association also established its first policy development structure-six councils.

In 1968, the regional advisory boards (RABs) were established to improve communication between the House of Delegates and the Board of Trustees and to improve relationships between the Association and the state hospital associations. The nine-region structure allowed delegates to meet between meetings of the House to discuss policy issues. In addition, the state hospital association executives from the region served as ex officio RAB members.

In 1983, the Association took steps to better serve and represent distinct constituencies of hospitals within its membership. The resulting constituency sections each have representation in the House of Delegates.

In 1987 through the New Directions and Initiatives project, the AHA made significant structural and process changes. Most significant were the elimination of the standing councils and the use of ad hoc committees for development of policy, transformation of the regional advisory boards into regional policy boards for purposes of debating policy options, and designation of the Board of Trustees, rather than the House of Delegates, as the final policy approval authority.

Offices. AHA was located initially in Cleveland, where it was founded, and then in Washington, DC, from 1917 to 1920. In 1920, the association established its headquarters in Chicago, where the majority of employees are still located. The Washington office was established in 1942 in response to the pressures of shortages brought on by World War II. At that time, the Washington office served as an information center to assist members in contacting the proper federal agencies. Currently, it is the principal advocacy arm of the association. The Office of the President and AHA policy, communication, and national advocacy staff are located in the AHA Washington office.

AHA also has a team of regional executives throughout the nation, often housed in state hospital association offices.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents and serves hospitals and health care networks, as well as their patients and communities. 

The AHA relies on its foundation of employees to help hospitals face current challenges. At AHA, you will see that we work to give you autonomy, creating an environment that allows your experience and ideas to enhance our organization. At AHA, you'll find support for your career through training and development programs and opportunities to expand your skills while doing your job. We'll help you reach your potential by keeping you apprised of new job opportunities within our organization.

AHA's diverse community offers a wide array of backgrounds and education across two U.S. offices and approximately 450 individuals. AHA feels that diversity is crucial to continued enhancement of services for our members, affiliates and partners.  We are proud of our workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity. 

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer: EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Applicants who need accommodation in the job application process should contact 312-422-3000 and ask for the Human Resources Director.  Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to.

The American Hospital Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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