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Published on November 30, 2018

Bryan Medical Center Board Trustee Evnen to be 2020 Chair of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance

Richard Evnen, current Bryan Medical Center Board Trustee, has been selected to chair the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Committee on Governance (COG) in 2020.

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Richard Evnen

“Richard’s appointment to lead this national group is a true reflection of his personal leadership skills,” said Kim Russel, president and chief executive officer of Bryan Health. “His insights into health care and our community are a true asset. Now, he can share his knowledge on a national scale.” 

Founded in 1898, the AHA is an organization that represents and serves hospitals, health care networks and communities across the country. Nearly 5,000 health care systems and 43,000 individual members make up the national organization. The AHA ensures that members’ perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates and judicial matters. 

For the past three years, Evnen has served as a member of the COG. It is the primary vehicle for leading effective trustee involvement in grassroots advocacy, providing input into policy and enhancing involvement of trustees in the AHA. Members possess advanced hospital governance experience and knowledge. Evnen’s term begins on January 1, 2019 and runs through December 31, 2021. He will spend one year as chair-elect, one year as chair and one year as immediate past-chair.  

“This is an extraordinary honor,” Evnen said. “I look forward to working with colleagues around the country to further engage trustees in the American Hospital Association’s efforts to strengthen health care in America.” 

Evnen has served on the Bryan Medical Center board since 2009 and chaired the board from 2013-2016. 

Bryan Medical Center is a 640 bed, non-profit, locally owned health care organization serving patients throughout Nebraska, as well as parts of Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri. Premier services include cardiology, neuroscience, orthopedics, vascular, Level II Trauma Center, emergency departments, intensive care, women’s and children’s health, Level III NICU, imaging, mental health and inpatient rehabilitation.


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