AHA Stat Blog


Jan 12, 2021 by Michelle Hood
The AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Virtual Conference and Engagement Experience – one of AHA's flagship events – will be held February 17-18. AHA Executive Vice President Michelle Hood previews the conference designed to help rural health care leaders and trustees propel the transformation to a more integrated and sustainable rural health system.
Jan 11, 2021 by Rod Hochman, M.D.
I have no doubt that Americans and people all over the world are looking forward to turning the page to a new year. The challenges the health care field encountered in 2020 due to the global pandemic have been intense both personally and professionally. But hope is growing for 2021 with the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and much more to come. At a time when the country needs us most, hospitals and health care professionals continue to respond with excellence and compassion as we care for patients, families and communities.
Jan 7, 2021 by Rick Pollack
The past 10 months have been filled with jarring and dissonant images, scenes that have prompted us to say, “never thought we’d see that in our country.” Unfortunately, we now have to add yesterday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol and assault on our democracy to that mix.  
Jan 4, 2021
Rod Hochman, M.D., is trained as a rheumatologist and immunologist. He started his health care career as a clinical fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School and went into practice at the Guthrie Clinic in Pennsylvania.
Dec 18, 2020 by Rick Pollack
For 50 weeks this year, this Friday column has tracked the ups and downs, the triumphs and the setbacks of the most heroic chapter in the history of America’s hospitals and health systems.
Dec 15, 2020 by Elisa Arespacochaga, by Rebecca Chickey
Dallas-based Parkland Health and Hospital System brings physical and behavioral health together by integrating suicide risk screenings in all patient visits, write the AHA’s Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of the Physician Alliance, and Rebecca Chickey, senior director of Behavioral Health Services, field engagement. Read more about a webinar and three new podcasts discussing Parkland’s learnings in this endeavor.
Dec 14, 2020 by Melinda L. Estes, M.D.
It was not at all the year I expected, and it certainly wasn’t the year any of us wanted. But, through it all, I continually found inspiration. Even now in the uncertainty of what 2021 will bring, I’m reassured knowing that no matter what, the teams who power our hospitals and health systems across America are continuing the fight against COVID-19.
Dec 14, 2020 by Rick Pollack
Sunday night’s 60 Minutes story was not a balanced view of the current health care landscape as it relates to hospital prices and provider and insurer consolidation.
Dec 11, 2020 by Robyn Begley
This year has been unlike any other in our lifetimes. As health care providers, we are always ready to run toward the challenge, to become a place of refuge and heal our communities. None of this is new, but this year has stretched our ability to do this and ensure our own resiliency.
Dec 11, 2020
Benjamin Franklin said “energy and persistence conquers all things.” Those words are certainly appropriate for this year as we continue our battle against COVID-19. They also are very pertinent for the next week as we must keep the pressure on Congress to make sure they provide hospitals and health systems — and the women and men on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight — with additional support and resources.