KVH Commissioner appointed to AHA Committee on Governance

Kittitas County Public Hospital District #1 (KVH) Commissioner Matthew Altman, Ph.D., has been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance (COG).

An advisory committee of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, the 26-member COG represents AHA’s trustee members and participates in the association’s advocacy, policy and resource development, with a particular focus on strategic opportunities. The committee meets three times per year and is composed of the chair-elect, chair and immediate past chair; nine regional members, and up to 16 at-large members. Commissioner Altman will represent the 9th District, composed of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Appointment to the COG is the result of a competitive process. Individuals must first be nominated, interviewed by the COG’s Leadership Development Committee and subsequently appointed by the AHA Board of Trustees. Dr. Altman will serve a three year term.

“It’s no surprise that Matt was appointed to AHA”, states Bob Davis, Chairman of the KVH Board of Commissioners. “Matt did a great job as past board president and is a fully engaged commissioner. He will be influential on the national level for AHA.”

Founded in 1989, the American Hospital Association is a national organization that provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. The AHA 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 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. Their advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas. Dr. Altman is one of the few members of the Committee on Governance who is representing a rural hospital.