LMH recognized for 100-year AHA membership


By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



Lima Memorial Health System President/CEO Michael Swick receives an award from American Hospital Association regional executive Kim Byas during the LMH board of directors meeting Wednesday. LMH has been an AHA member for 100 years in 2019.

Lima Memorial Health System President/CEO Michael Swick receives an award from American Hospital Association regional executive Kim Byas during the LMH board of directors meeting Wednesday. LMH has been an AHA member for 100 years in 2019.


Mackenzi Klemann | The Lima News

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.

Lima Memorial Health System President/CEO Michael Swick receives an award from American Hospital Association regional executive Kim Byas during the LMH board of directors meeting Wednesday. LMH has been an AHA member for 100 years in 2019.
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