NRHA announces newly-elected volunteer leaders
Alex T. Olson
Leadership for the National Rural Health Association is secure for 2018 and beyond, thanks to recent elections for Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress positions.
NRHA members chose David Pearson as president-elect. Pearson, who recently joined the American Hospital Association as a regional executive representing members in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, will assume the duties of NRHA president in 2019.
“There are times in your life or career, when you need a trusted partner to help guide you. This is that time and NRHA is that partner,” Pearson says. “Through thick and thin, we know that by working together, we can improve our situation and it will take all of us rowing in the same direction to ensure that we secure a safe place for rural in the future healthcare delivery system.”
A long-serving volunteer leader on NRHA’s Board of Trustees, Pearson has advocated for hospitals previously as Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals president and CEO and Texas Office of Rural Health director of operations.
Members selected Pat Schou to serve as NRHA’s board secretary in 2018 and 2019. Schou is executive director of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network.
Elected in 2016, Tommy Barnhart will serve as president in 2018. Tim Wolters will serve in Pearson’s place as NRHA’s interim board treasurer in 2018.
NRHA is pleased to announce all individuals elected by their peers to serve in leadership roles.
You’ll have the chance to meet many of your newly-elected NRHA leaders, longtime volunteers and colleagues at NRHA’s 29th Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 6-8 in D.C.