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New Adventist Health Policy Association to Serve as a United Policy Voice
The newly formed Adventist Health Policy Association (AHPA) will serve as the united policy voice for 80 hospitals and over 300 affiliated health care facilities across 17 states and the District of Columbia .
AHPA was incorporated in September 2010 to help ensure that existing and new federal legislation, policy and regulations allow AHPA members to fulfill their goal of accessible, high-quality health care.
“Seventh-day Adventist hospitals represent a major sector of the U.S. health system,” said Richard E. Morrison, AHPA President. “We know that working together on key policy issues is crucial in this era of health reform. AHPA will help us do this.”
AHPA leadership has been meeting informally for almost a year. The group has submitted comments on key health reform elements, including Accountable Care Organizations, tax-exempt hospital requirements, and readmissions.
AHPA’s founding members operate hospitals, home health agencies, nursing centers, outpatient centers, physician practices and related health care entities. The founding members are: :
- Adventist Health, headquartered in Roseville, CA. Includes 17 hospitals, 62 outpatient centers, 32 rural health clinics, 14 home health agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Locations in California, Oregon, Washington State and Hawaii;
- Adventist Health System, headquartered in Winter Park, FL. Includes 42 hospitals, 87 outpatient centers, 11 home health agencies and 18 nursing homes as well as a College of Health Sciences. Locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado and Wisconsin;
- Adventist HealthCare, headquartered in Rockville, MD. Includes seven hospitals and an assisted-living facility. Locations in New Jersey, Maryland and the DC area;
- Kettering Adventist Healthcare, headquartered in Dayton, OH. Includes seven hospitals, 60 outpatient centers and the Kettering College of Medical Arts serving 11 counties across the greater Dayton region; and
- Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, headquartered in Loma Linda, CA. Includes seven hospitals, seven outpatient facilities, and Loma Linda University Medical School.
AHPA member hospitals will remain active in current membership organizations such as the American Hospital Association and Premier, Inc., noted Morrison. “These organizations are invaluable resources for all health care providers throughout the nation.
“AHPA will add another voice to the national health reform dialogue – a formal voice that will leverage the strength of our network and our shared goals,”Morrison continued. “It will allow us to have strong input into the policy issues important to our nation’s ever-changing health care system.”
The Association has received 501(c)6, or non-profit trade association, status. Initial staff support is providedby Adventist Health System, headquartered in Winter Park, FL.