The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), has awarded Scott Raynes, president and CEO, NorthCrest Medical Center, Springfield, with the AHA Grassroots Champion Award.
Scott Raynes, president and CEO, NorthCrest Medical Center
As a 2012 grassroots champion, Raynes is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.
The award was created to recognize 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 is a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients.
“We depend upon strong voices like yours to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to improving health and health care in America.”
“Scott has been an outstanding advocate for Tennessee hospitals and a great supporter of AHA and THA for many years. He is strongly committed to grassroots participation. In addition, he is very passionate and involved in improving patient safety and quality care,” said Craig A. Becker, THA president.
Raynes currently serves as chairman of the THA board of directors. In 2011, he chaired the fundraising campaign of Friends of THA, the association’s political action committee, and raised over $117,300, more than has ever been raised.
Raynes joined NorthCrest Medical Center in 2005, and has over 18 years of hospital executive experience. Prior to working at NorthCrest, he served as president and CEO at Preston Memorial Health System, Kingwood, WV.
He received a bachelor’s degree at West Virginia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree at Morehead State University and a master’s degree in business administration at West Virginia University.
The award is presented annually to one individual from each state, with winners being chosen by the state association. The 2012 honorees were recognized at a special breakfast of grassroots champions at the AHA annual membership meeting today, May 8. Raynes is one of 52 individuals honored this year.
THA, founded in 1938, serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems, home health agencies and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve. The association offers products and services through THA Solutions Group, Inc. and the Tennessee Hospital Education and Research Foundation, Inc., its nonprofit education program.
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