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4/9/10: Christine C. Schuster, RN, MBA, Recognized as Grassroots Champion

Burlington, Mass. – The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), today awarded Christine C. Schuster, RN, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emerson Hospital, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award. As a 2010 Grassroots Champion. Ms. Schuster is being recognized for her exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.

The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those 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 healthcare in America.”

"Ms. Schuster has long championed the importance of advocating on behalf of Emerson Hospital and its patients," said John Lowe, Chairman of Emerson Hospital's Board of Directors. "She is in regular contact with our state and federal delegation, has testified repeatedly in support of vital strategic priorities before elected officials in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. and she provides frequent updates to Emerson's community supporters on legislative imperatives.

“Anyone who knows Chris, knows how passionate she is about providing quality healthcare to the communities that Emerson serves," he added.

In addition to her work on behalf of Emerson Hospital and the broader community, in recognition of her industry leadership Ms. Schuster was called upon to lend her advice and counsel to Governor-elect Deval Patrick's transition team; she is also frequently asked to provide insight and industry expertise in health policy debates.

The 2010 honorees will be recognized at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.

About the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA)

The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, related organizations, and other members with a common interest in promoting the good health of the people of the Commonwealth. Through leadership in public advocacy, education, and information, MHA represents and advocates for the collective interests of its members and supports their efforts to provide high quality, cost effective and accessible care. Visit www.mhalink.org for more information.