AHA and CHF Support Research Focused on Congenital Heart Defects

 

Senator Preston Smith

A former Georgia state senator, Preston Smith served in the office for eight years. Currently, the former senator leads Tyler & Company, an Atlanta-based executive search firm that recruits talent for healthcare, academia, and the health sciences. Alongside his day-to-day professional activities, Preston Smith maintains membership in several healthcare-related organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA).

In 2014, AHA launched a partnership with the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) to fund research focused on congenital heart defects (CHD). As part of the seven-year initiative, the two organizations committed $22.5 million to support investigators researching CHDs, which are the most common birth defects in the world and a leading cause of birth-defect-related deaths among infants in the United States.

In a recent press release, AHA and CHF announced the recipients of the third round of funding for CHD research. Five research programs were selected in this round, which will receive a total of $561,798 in grant money. The researchers selected for funding represent academic institutions from across the country, including the University of Chicago, Yale University, and the University of Cincinnati.

To date, AHA and CHF have awarded $2.42 million in CHD research awards. The funding will continue through June 2021.

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Benefits of Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives Membership

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A former Georgia state senator, Preston Smith currently leads Tyler & Company, which helps organizations locate viable executive health care candidates, as the company’s president. Former senator Preston Smith also serves as a board member of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives (GAHE), which helps its members by facilitating knowledge exchange and providing resources related to the development of leadership skills.

The GAHE offers members access to its comprehensive directory, thus linking them to 1,200 peers in Georgia and 30,000 professionals around the world. Further, GAHE members receive free subscriptions to an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) journal of their choosing and the Healthcare Executive magazine.

Beyond this, the GCHE offers a range of career development services, from access to programs that provide continuing education credits, through to its job banks and mentorship initiatives. Additionally, the organization’s members enjoy discounted rates to regional GCHE events and some national ACHE conferences, while also gaining access to resources that support their efforts to obtain a healthcare management board certification.

ACHE Hands Out Its Prestigious Awards

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Preston Smith, a former senator from Georgia, serves as president of Tyler & Company, a healthcare recruitment firm in Atlanta. Preston Smith has also worked as an attorney and a healthcare executive. Senator Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a board member of the organization’s Georgia chapter, the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives. He has been recognized nationally with awards from numerous organizations for his leadership in the healthcare arena.

Senator Smith recently spoke to a meeting of the healthcare executives about the changing environment of healthcare reimbursement and the newly enacted federal MACRA law. He was recently published in Hunt Scanlon’s annual Executive Search Review magazine about the emerging healthcare landscape and the need for recruitment of a new brand of executive healthcare leadership. His article can be read at: http://huntscanlon.com/meeting-clients-at-their-point-of-changing-need/.

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) recently named the annual winners of its Gold Medal Awards, the highest honor the organization bestows, and the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year, which is given to an individual under 40 years of age who has shown high achievement in the field.

Gayle L. Capozzalo, FACHE, and Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, were selected as Gold Medal Award winners for 2017. Capozzalo serves as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Yale New Haven Health System, and Stacey is the managing director of Navigant in Chicago.

Nicholas R. Tejeda, FACHE, was chosen as the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. He serves as CEO of The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus in El Paso, Texas.