The American Hospital Association, in partnership with the Kansas Hospital Association, awarded Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award. As the 2018 Grassroots Champion from Kansas, Johnson was recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of his hospital’s mission. AHA awards one individual from each state who is especially effective in state and federal advocacy.
The Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and who are tireless advocates for hospitals and their patients.
A statement issued by KHA commended Johnson for his efforts on the state and national level. “Ken Johnson has earned the respect and reputation for being one of Kansas’ most effective advocates for hospitals and he has a keen sense of what is important and how to communicate an effective advocacy message.”
Johnson said the HRHS leadership team maintains year round contact with area legislators to discuss issues affecting healthcare. Each February, a delegation from HRHS spends a day at the legislature for one-on-one meetings with lawmakers serving in the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives. The day concludes with a dinner for lawmakers.
“Earlier this year, we were honored to host Governor Jeff Colyer and Senator Jerry Moran for a tour of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center,” Johnson said. “We are aided in our efforts by the KHA Governmental Affairs team, a group of high caliber healthcare experts who understand the vast number of issues being debated that affect our future.”
About the KHA
The Kansas Hospital Association is a voluntary, non-profit organization existing to be the leading advocate and resource for members. KHA membership includes 221 member facilities, of which 124 are full-service, community hospitals. Founded in 1910, KHA’s vision is: “Optimal Health for Kansans.”
About the AHA
The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.