LIMA — Lima Memorial Health System has reached a 100-year milestone with the American Hospital Association, a national organization representing hospitals and healthcare entities.
LMH was one of the first 52 hospitals to join the AHA, which only admitted hospital superintendents prior to 1919.
“That’s a big deal,” said Kim Byas, a regional executive for the AHA based in Chicago, who presented an award to LMH President/CEO Michael Swick during the LMH board of directors meeting Wednesday.
The AHA, which lobbies lawmakers on a broad range of issues affecting health care, like Medicaid, insurance and drug prices, is recognizing LMH and the other first hospital members 100 years after the organization started representing hospitals.
“We believe decisions impacting health care should be made locally by those who understand the community and its needs,” Swick said. But Swick noted he believes it’s “critical” for hospitals and healthcare entities to “have a voice in legislation impacting health care.”
“It’s better to have a voice of all the hospitals in the country than just one individual,” he said.