posted on: 7/31/2019 2:36:19 PM
On Wednesday, July 31, at 11:45 a.m., the American Hospital Association (AHA) will visit Lima Memorial Health System to recognize the hospital for 100 years of continuous AHA membership. Lima Memorial Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the country to reach this impressive milestone.
This unique and historical milestone of 100 years of AHA membership is memorialized with a crystal award to honor Lima Memorial Health System for its leadership in advancing the health of its community.
Lima Memorial was established by the Lima community in 1899. More than 120 years later, the health system continues its proud tradition of local ownership and decision making. “We believe decisions impacting health care should be made locally by those who understand the community and its needs,” stated Michael D. Swick, Lima Memorial Health System President and CEO. “It’s also critical to understand the impact national trends may have locally and have a voice in legislation impacting health care. Our association with the AHA provides legislative advocacy, helps us face the multifaceted challenges in health care and drives meaningful progress to achieve the highest quality standards.”
Originally founded as the Association of Hospital Superintendents in 1898 in Cleveland, Ohio, the AHA initially represented individuals who managed and served as directors of hospitals. In 1918, the AHA became a national membership organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, healthcare networks and their patients and communities. Lima Memorial Hospital was among the very first to join in 1919.