The American Hospital Association
(AHA) is an
organization that promotes the quality provision of health care
and health care networks through such efforts as promoting
effective public policy
providing information related to health care and health administration
to health care
providers and the public. Founded in 1898 and hosting offices in
Illinois and Washington,
D.C., the AHA hosts a Resource Center with more than
47,000 books on health care (some services fee based) and maintains
an extensive, frequently updated Health Planning and Administration
(HEALTH) database, which provides information related to health
care unrelated to clinical treatment.
More than 5,600
organizations and 41,000 individuals are members of the AHA.
In 1870, there were only about a hundred general hospitals in the
United States, but the institution was growing rapidly.
administrators formed an organization called "The Association of
Hospital Superintendents of the United States and Canada", which
held its first meeting in 1899 in Cleveland, Ohio, in which city seven of the eight superintendents
in attendance were based.
The organization was promoted by
publisher Del Sutton, whose journal The National Hospital
was adopted by the new group in 1900,
gradually coming under control of the organization until it was
replaced by the organization's own publication, The Modern
In 1906, the growing organization adopted its present name, with
membership reaching 450 in 1908. Records of early annual meetings
detail some of the conflicts in the emerging hospital culture of
Canada and the United States concerning whether hospitals should be
governed by physicians or administrators, with laypersons
representing a heavy majority.
Personal Membership Groups
Eleven Personal Membership Groups (PMGs) are affiliated societies
which fall under the umbrella of the AHA:
- American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
- American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services
- American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
- American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
- Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)
- Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management
- Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals
- Association of Healthcare Administrative Professionals
- At Large AHA Membership for Healthcare Management/Consulting
- Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy (SHCA)
for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD)
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