- The American Hospital Association announced on Monday that Rick Pollack will replace Richard Umbdenstock as president and CEO upon his retirement in September.
- Pollack has served as the association's executive vice president for advocacy and public policy since 1991.
- Umbdenstock announced his retirement in November. He will retire at the end of the year.
Pollack is a Brooklyn native and holds a master's degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, DC. After beginning his career as a legislative assistant in 1977, he served as a lobbyist with the American Nurses Association before joining the AHA's Washington office 32 years ago. He has held a variety of positions in the association, including vice president for federal relations and deputy director of the DC office prior to becoming executive vice president.
"Rick brings the right mix of skills to this role," said AHA Chairman Jonathan B. Perlin, MD. "His effective advocacy combined with his passion and commitment to the mission of hospitals and the men and women who work there will serve the association well. He will build on the many strengths of the past and ably lead the association into the future."