Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD, is one of seven people who have been named to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees.
Her three-year term begins Jan. 1. The board of trustees is the highest policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.
Dr. Conroy leads Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, a nonprofit academic health system and New Hampshire’s largest private employer.
According to a news release, that includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the system’s 396-bed flagship teaching hospital; the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, a multi-specialty group practice employing more than 1,800 providers; the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of 51 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers; a children’s hospital; four affiliated member hospitals; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 ambulatory care clinics around the state.
“AHA’s advocacy on behalf of our nation’s hospitals, and the millions of patients cared for by them, is critically important in today’s shifting health care landscape,” Conroy said in a news release. “I’m proud and honored to be selected for the AHA board, and I look forward to fully engaging on the issues that are critically important to all of us who provide, and receive, care at hospitals.”
Earlier in her career, Dr. Conroy served as CEO of Massachusetts-based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (formerly Lahey Clinic).
She also served as Chief Health Care Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C., for more than five years. According to the news release, by working with member medical schools and teaching hospitals, Dr. Conroy helped establish national health priorities and developed best practices to improve health by focusing on medical education, care delivery, research, diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Conroy is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she completed her residency in anesthesiology and served as chief resident for one year.
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities, the news release states. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with Dr. Conroy’s appointment to the AHA Board of Trustees,” said Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. “Her leadership and commitment to patients and health care transformation will serve as an excellent addition to the AHA Board and its commitment to shaping the future of the healthcare landscape in communities large and small all across the country.”