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AHA's Tom Nickels Retiring in 2021

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   December 04, 2020

Stacey Hughes has been named AHA's executive vice president-designate.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced Thursday that Tom Nickels, the executive vice president for government relations and public policy for the AHA, will retire in 2021.

Stacey Hughes has been named executive vice president-designate, who will start in January and work with Nickels "to ensure a smooth transition," according to the statement.

Nikels has been a part of the AHA since 1994, and has experience running the Washington office for the American College of Emergency Physicians and has worked for the American Nurses Association.

"During his time with us, Tom helped make the association regularly recognized as one of the most effective advocacy organizations in Washington, DC," Rick Pollack, AHA President and CEO said in a statement. "Through his work, Tom has put his stamp on many of the most important health policy issues in the past quarter century. He is a brilliant strategist and a fierce advocate for our members."

Hughes currently works for the AHA as a political consultant and has served as president and founding partner of The Nickles Group, a political consulting firm in Washington D.C. since 2004.

"Having worked very closely with Stacey for years, I’m pleased to have her join the AHA team. Stacey has strong bipartisan respect that spans all corners of health care – members of Congress and staff, key regulatory departments within the Executive branch, as well as the private sector," Pollack said in a statement. "She knows health policy inside-out and has an ability to tackle complex challenges strategically and creatively. Under her leadership I’m confident that AHA won’t miss a beat."

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Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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