November/December 2007

Lofton to Conclude Term as AHA Chair, Remains Among Most Influential Health Care Leaders


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Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, speaks at Catholic Health Initiatives’ 2007 Fall National Chief Executive Officers Meeting.


Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, expanded his influence as an advocate of issues such as universal health care coverage and diversity in health care leadership during his term as chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Lofton, who began his one-year term as chair of the AHA board on January 1, 2007, was already known as an advocate for expanding health care coverage for the poor and underserved. “In my role as chair of the AHA board, I have had the privilege of helping to influence public policy in a more visible way than ever before,” Lofton told the attendees of Catholic Health Initiatives’ 2007 Fall National Chief Executive Officers Meeting.

One accomplishment of Lofton’s tenure is the AHA’s Health for Life initiative, which addresses the need for reform in the U.S. health care system. The Health for Life initiative promotes increased health care quality and access through a focus on five components, including wellness; efficient and affordable care; safe, effective, high-quality care; improved information for care delivery; and health coverage for all, paid for by all.

In addition to his leadership of the AHA board, Lofton was named to lists of the nation’s most influential leaders during 2007. He was included in the “Ebony Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks in America” by Ebony magazine, and in Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual list of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” During 2008, Lofton will continue to serve on the AHA Board of Trustees as immediate past chair.