Dartmouth Health’s CEO and president joined by American Hospital Association CEO counterpart to discuss major healthcare challenges

Graphic with photos of Richard Pollack and Joanne Conroy, MD

We’re fortunate to have Dr. Conroy at the helm this year. She’s nationally recognized, widely-respected and universally admired for her innovative approaches to healthcare delivery.

Richard J. Pollack

On January 1, Dartmouth Health CEO and president Joanne M. Conroy, MD, assumed the role of board chair at the American Hospital Association (AHA), the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, healthcare networks, and their patients and communities. As AHA’s top elected board official, Conroy will spend the next year advocating on behalf of the nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members that make up AHA, as well as platforming her areas of interest, especially those in rural healthcare.

On Thursday, January 18, Conroy will welcome AHA CEO and president Richard J. Pollack as the guest of her “Connect with the CEO” virtual series. Pollack, who has led AHA since 2015, has seen the organization through the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic and is known to be one of the nation’s most respected advocates in healthcare. Conroy and Pollack will discuss AHA’s priorities for 2024, the organization’s work on behalf of hospitals, providers and patients, Conroy’s role as board chair, and the important work AHA is doing to highlight the challenges of rural healthcare delivery.

“We’re fortunate to have Dr. Conroy at the helm this year. She’s nationally recognized, widely-respected and universally admired for her innovative approaches to healthcare delivery,” Pollack said. “Her leadership at Dartmouth Health, a renowned academic health system serving a rural area, brings together her two areas of passion—training the next generation of caregivers, and caring for those in rural communities.”

The segment will premiere on the Dartmouth Health YouTube channel at 12 pm on January 18. Questions for Conroy and Pollack may be submitted by 2 pm on Tuesday, January 16, to news@dartmouth-health.org.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.