IHA Update

Indiana Healthcare Strategic Communications Summit, Aug. 24-25

The annual Indiana Healthcare Strategic Communications Summit will be held in August at The Reserve at Hamilton Trace in Fishers. Look for registration to open in the summer. For questions, contact Terri Christiansen, Indiana Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations Society president, at tchristiansen@dekalbhealth.com or Jennifer Hurtubise, IHA vice president of communications, at jhurtubise@IHAconnect.org.

Sue Wood Selected as Recipient of Administrative Professional Excellence Award

Sue Wood, executive assistant to the COO at Beacon Health System, was selected as the recipient of this year’s Administrative Professional Excellence Award. The award honors the legacy of Mikell Rose Brown, an IHA administrative assistant for 25 years, who passed away in 2010. Wood received her award at the 45th annual Administrative Professionals Conference on April 28 in front of a crowd of more than 125 hospital administrative assistants.

Bergstrom Honored by IHA Board of Directors

George Bergstrom, vice president of member relations of the American Hospital Association (AHA), is photographed here presenting a plaque honoring the 75th anniversary of Schneck Medical Center’s membership with AHA to President and CEO Warren Forgey. The award was presented in 2016 and recognized Schneck’s leadership in advancing the health of its community.


George Bergstrom, FACHE, vice president of member relations at AHA and AHA’s regional executive to IHA and Indiana hospitals, was recently recognized with a resolution from the IHA Board of Directors honoring his 43 years of leadership, advocacy and accomplishments working on behalf of AHA and with IHA. It has been a pleasure to partner with an individual as remarkable and impressionable as George for so many years. On behalf of the team at IHA, thank you again for all you have done to benefit Indiana hospitals and Hoosier patients.

AHA Now Offers Free Trustee Resources

In an effort to best support good governance in the ever-changing health care landscape, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has created new resources for hospital and health system leadership. Thanks to extensive research and feedback from the field, AHA was able to refocus trustee education efforts on emerging challenges, the practices critical to success and advancing health in communities across the country.

Trustee Insights, available at trustees.aha.org, is a quarterly update package that features briefings on the latest and most pressing health care issues, as well as multimedia content to be used for in-boardroom education and discussion. The spring 2017 edition was released the first week of April and is currently available to all members.

To subscribe, send an email to trustees@aha.org.