Local Health Care Professional Nationally Recognized by American Hospital Association

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Local Health Care Professional Nationally Recognized by American Hospital Association

Russ Molloy of Meridian Health honored for leadership in advocacy of local hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association, today awarded Russ Molloy, Esq., vice president of Government Relations at Meridian Health with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award. As a Grassroots Champion, Molloy is recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital's mission.

The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award recognizes hospital leaders who are tireless advocates on behalf of hospitals and patients; who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community; and who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for hospitals.

"We depend upon strong voices to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve," said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO, AHA. "This award is a small token of our appreciation for these individual's hard work and dedication to improving health and health care in America."

Currently serving as Vice President of Government Relations for Meridian Health, Molloy has an extensive level of government and health care experience, previously serving as policy advisor for two New Jersey Governors and assistant counsel to the New Jersey State Senate. He also led government affairs initiatives for other large health care providers, including the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Molloy graduated from Rutgers College in 1977 and obtained his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1981.

"Hospitals across the country are facing one of the most challenging environments in history, and Russ is a highly dedicated and passionate advocate for Meridian, and for all local hospitals and health care providers," says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "A true leader, Russ is highly respected on the state and national level, and we are excited for this very well deserved recognition for his efforts in service to our patients."

Molloy is one of 52 honorees from across the nation who will be recognized at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in Washington, DC.

About the AHA The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care 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, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org. About Meridian Health Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a distinction earned by less than 3% of hospitals nationwide.