Maryjane Wurth

Exec VP & COO
American Hospital Association

Maryjane Wurth is Executive Vice President and COO of the American Hospital Association. In this capacity, Wurth is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the association. Her leadership of the evolution of AHA’s strategy has advanced an agenda for innovation and transformation, which synthesizes public policy, field engagement and innovation and provides increased value to members. Wurth serves as the lead executive for the AHA Center for Health Innovation, an essential component of the new agenda. Launched in September 2018, the Center helps members drive high-impact innovation and transformation with market intelligence, key insights, targeted education, actionable data, and tools that address their unique context on their journey to advance health in America. Her responsibilities include oversight for clinical leadership and performance improvement, field engagement, enterprise services and innovative partnerships. Additionally, she works to integrate all areas of the association into the AHA’s advocacy agenda and public policy initiatives.

Prior to the AHA, Wurth served as President and CEO of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA). During her leadership of the IHA, Wurth led the merger of the IHA with the Chicago metro association; appointed its first Chief Health Officer; founded its Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality; and established IHA’s federal office in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining IHA, Wurth had a 20-year career at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) as its Chief Operating Officer and CEO of HANYS Solutions, its business subsidiary. Her early health care "roots" were in hospice care.

Wurth has a Master of Science degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York.

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