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By CQ Staff

July 18, 2011 -- The American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees has elected Benjamin K. Chu, who is group president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Southern California and Hawaii, as its chairman-elect designate.

Chu will assume the chairmanship in 2013, becoming the top elected official of the national organization that represents America's hospitals and health systems, the group said in announcing his election.

Chu served for three years as president of New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest public hospital system in the country. He was senior vice president for medical and professional affairs for the public hospitals from 1990 to 1994, as well as acting commissioner of health for the New York City Department of Health.

Maureen Bisognano has been elected to The Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors. Bisognano is president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a not-for-profit organization that works to improve health care. Bisognano is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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