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AHA Board Elects John Bluford Chair-Elect Designate
Date:7/23/2009

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Prior to assuming his TMC position, Bluford was CEO/administrator at Hennepin County Medical Center, a comprehensive academic medical center and public hospital located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. At the same time, he served as executive director of the Metropolitan Health Plan in Minneapolis. Earlier, he worked at several different institutions, including the then-Cook County Hospital in Chicago and Pilot City Health Center in Minneapolis.

Bluford was an at-large member of the AHA Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2008 and a member of the AHA Executive Committee in 2008. He served on the AHA Operations Committee and was chairman of the Audit Subcommittee. He was a member of the AHA Committee on Nominations and has served on the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Committee since 2005. He also has been a regional policy board delegate, a member of the task forces on Coverage and Access and Essential Access, and a member of the AHA NOVA Advisory Panel. Bluford also served as immediate past chairman of the National Association of Public Hospitals, chairman of the Missouri Hospital Association, and immediate past chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Bluford currently serves on the boards of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, DeCare International and H&R Block Bank. Bluford earned a master's of business administration from Northwestern University in Chicago and his bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Nashville. In addition, he attended Harvard University's Executive Program in Health System Management.

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