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July 25, 2013

Largo, FL - The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees has elected HCA’s Dr.
Jonathan B. Perlin, president of clinical and physician services and chief medical
officer, as its chair-elect designate. Dr. Perlin, currently on the board of the AHA,
will become the chair-elect in 2014 and will assume the chairmanship in 2015, becoming
the top elected official of the national organization that represents America’s
hospitals and health systems. 

“I look forward to working with the AHA, its members, and allied hospital associations,
in support of the AHA mission to improve health and care during this challenging and
exciting time,” said Dr. Perlin.

Dr. Perlin provides leadership for clinical services and performance improvement at
HCA’s hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician practices. Under Dr.
Perlin’s direction, HCA has been a leader in a number of areas, particularly perinatal
safety and infection prevention. Dr. Perlin’s team conducted an expansive study of
nearly 18,000 elective deliveries that showed babies delivered electively before 39
weeks have significantly higher risk for complications requiring neonatal intensive
care. HCA was among the first organizations to introduce a mandatory flu safety policy
for employees that has helped achieve flu vaccination rates over 90% for four years. In
addition, the REDUCE MRSA trial, conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated hospitals and recently
published in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated a new approach to
reducing all ICU bloodstream infections by 44%.

In addition to his AHA board appointment, Dr. Perlin serves on the board of trustees of
the National Patient Safety Foundation and Meharry Medical College. He also has served
on the boards of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. He chairs the
Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Standards Committee.
Broadly published on health care quality and transformation, Dr. Perlin is a fellow of
the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics. He
has faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University as an adjunct professor of medicine
and biomedical informatics and at Virginia Commonwealth University as an adjunct
professor of health administration.

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