President and CEO, American Hospital Association
Rick Pollack became President and CEO of the American Hospital Association on September 1, 2015.
He began his career in Washington, D.C., in 1976, when he went to work as a legislative assistant to Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin.
Rick left Capitol Hill, and entered the health care field, to work for the American Nurses Association as their legislative representative in the early 1980s.
He went on to join the American Hospital Association, where he has been a member of the AHA’s advocacy team for the past 33 years. He initially served as associate director for legislation, and then vice president for federal relations and deputy director of the AHA Washington Office.
In 1991, Rick was named the association’s executive vice president. In that capacity, he led the association’s advocacy, representation and public affairs activities. AHA has been cited by numerous national publications as one of the most influential and effective lobbying organizations in Washington.
Rick holds a bachelor’s in political science and communications from the State University of New York’s College at Cortland. He also earned a master’s in public administration from the American University in Washington, D.C.