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Published on August 11, 2014

GHS president and CEO Bruce Bailey elected to AHA board

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Georgetown Hospital System, has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association for a three-year term.

The board is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.

Bailey, who was appointed to the board in December 2012 to fill a vacancy, said he looks forward to working on behalf of hospitals across the nation.

“I am honored to serve the AHA as a trustee,” Bailey said. “These are challenging times in health care, and challenges always bring opportunity for improvement and change. I look forward to working with accomplished leaders in health care from across the country to address issues such as improving care and lowering costs on behalf of hospitals and patients across the nation.”  

Bailey has served as Georgetown Hospital System’s top executive since 2001. Under his leadership, the system has earned awards for patient satisfaction and quality improvement, as well as its employee wellness programs. In addition, Bailey has overseen the expansion of patient services and medical facilities to better serve the needs of the community.

He previously served as administrator of Abbeville County Memorial Hospital in Abbeville and in an administrative capacity at long-term and acute care facilities in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Bailey is chairman of AHA’s regional policy board 4 and is a member of the committee on performance improvement and the political action steering committee. He has served as vice chairman and chairman of the American Heart Association’s Walk America, as a board member of Waccamaw Regional Education Center and the Smith Medical Clinic and as chairman of the South Carolina Hospital Association political action committee and workforce advisory committee. He was chairman of the SCHA board of trustees from 2007-2008 and is a current board member. He also served as co-chairman of the SCHA reengineering steering committee, a statewide task force charged with reengineering the way care is delivered in South Carolina.

Bailey earned his bachelor’s degree in health care management and his master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

He is one of eight new AHA board members who will begin three-year terms Jan. 1. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care and 43,000 individual members.  


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