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Quatroche Appointed to National Healthcare Board

ECMC President & CEO to serve with fellow hospital executives from across the United States

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation today announced that ECMC President & CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD has been appointed to the Board of Directors of America’s Essential Hospitals (AEH) through a vote of the Directors. AEH is one of the largest national organizations representing 325 member health care institutions. For 37 years, America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly known as the National Association of Public Hospitals) is a leading advocate on federal public policy issues that affect public safety net hospitals across the United States, such as: UMASS Memorial Health Care, Grady Memorial Hospital, Henry Ford Health System, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

ECMC President & CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD said, “ECMC is being recognized nationally for its innovation and patient care. We look forward to joining other national class, innovative healthcare organizations across the country to find ways to provide better care for our patients and advocate for the most vulnerable in our society.”

According to its website, America’s Essential Hospitals has a rich history and long record of accomplishments on behalf of its members. Since its inception, America’s Essential Hospitals has been universally recognized for its expertise on issues affecting care for the nation’s most vulnerable patients. This deep knowledge revolves around not only the organization’s ardent advocacy, but also its contributions toward research on issues essential hospitals face and the practical application of that research in areas such as quality improvement. AEH’s Mission Statement is: America’s Essential Hospitals champions excellence in health care for all, regardless of social or economic circumstance, and advances the work of hospitals and health systems committed to ensuring access to care and optimal health for America’s most vulnerable people.

AEH Board Officers include:

  • Chair Donna Sollenberger, MA, Executive Vice President and CEO, UTMB Health System, The University of Texas Medical Branch;
  • Chair-Elect Joseph Scott, President and CEO, Jersey City Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health;
  • Secretary Wright Lassiter III, President, Henry Ford Health System;
  • Treasurer Sharon O’Keefe, MS, President, University of Chicago Medicine;
  • Past-Chair John Haupert, President and CEO, Grady Memorial Hospital.

AEH Board Members include:

  • Akram Boutros, MD, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System;
  • Patrick Cawley, MD, MHM, Executive Director and CEO, MUSC Medical University of South Carolina;
  • Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM, President and CEO, UMASS Memorial Health Care;
  • Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP, CEO, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital;
  • Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, UC Irvine Medical Center;
  • Barry Freedman, CEO, Einstein Healthcare Network;
  • Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University;
  • Carlos Migoya, President and CEO, Jackson Health System;
  • Steve Purves, CEO, Maricopa Integrated Health System;
  • Sam Ross, MD, CEO, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System;
  • Charlie Shields, President and CEO, Truman Medical Centers;
  • Kevin Spiegel, President and CEO, Erlanger Health System;
  • Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH, CEO, University of Virginia Health System.

About America’s Essential Hospitals: America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

About the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation: The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 593 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences – the difference between healthcare and true care.



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