CEO Susan Davila Awarded "Grassroots Champion" by Nevada, American Hospital Associations
GARDNERVILLE, NV (June 6, 2014) - The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership
with the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) has awarded the AHA Grassroots Champion Award
to Susan Davila, CEO of Carson Valley Medical Center. As a 2014 Grassroots Champion, Davila
was selected based on her exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community
activity in support of a hospital's mission.
The Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most
effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect hospitals' vital role in the
community, who do an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for their
hospitals, and are tireless advocates for their hospitals and patients.
"Through her activities at Carson Valley Medical Center and through the Nevada Hospital
Association (NHA), Susan Davila is a community advocate for improved health care, a strong
voice with elected officials in Carson City and Washington, D.C., and a tireless champion on a
range of health care issues impacting hospitals and the patients they serve," said NHA President
and CEO Bill Welch. "Susan has been a driving force behind our ability to put patients at the top
of our state and federal advocacy agendas, benefiting thousands of patients who come through
the doors of Nevada’s hospitals each year."
We depend upon strong voices like Susan’s to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones
of the communities they serve," said AHA President and CEO Richard Umbdenstock. "This
award is a small token of our appreciation for her hard work and dedication to improving health
care in America."
The Grassroots Champion Award is presented annually to one individual from each state. The
2014 honorees were recognized at a May 6 ceremony during AHA's Annual Meeting in
Carson Valley Medical Center is a non-profit medical facility that provides acute and ICU care,
surgery, 24-hour emergency services, and outpatient services. A partnership of Barton Health
and Renown Health, Carson Valley Medical Center’s mission is to promote the health of the
Carson Valley by providing exceptional, compassionate care accessible to all.
The Nevada Hospital Association is a not-for-profit, statewide trade association representing
100 percent of Nevada's acute care hospitals along with psychiatric, rehabilitation and other
specialty hospitals as well as health-related agencies and organizations throughout the state.
The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association and the national advocate for
its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of
care and 37,000 individual members that are committed to the health improvement of their