Dayton hospital association names interim leader

The trade group that represents Dayton-area hospitals has named an interim leader as it searches to replace its president and CEO.

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association said in a statement that Sarah Hackenbracht is its interim president and CEO. Hackenbracht has been leading the community-wide advance care planning initiative, Decide to be Heard, and the hospital association is a partner on the initiative.

The hospital association also announced Marty Larson as the interim president and CEO of Ascend Innovations, which is the commercial health care venture that the hospital association helped launch.

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The hospital association represents the region’s largest private employers, with its members including 29 hospitals and health networks in Auglaize, Butler, Darke, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren counties.

The association’s outgoing CEO Bryan Bucklew took a new position leading the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California.

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Deborah Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital and chair of the association’s board stated “Both Sarah and Marty are consummate professionals who are more than competent to lead GDAHA and Ascend Innovations during this transition.”

Hackenbracht had held several positions at the hospital association including vice president of public policy and, after working in Cleveland, returned to Dayton in 2016 to lead Decide to Be Heard.

Larson has been with the hospital association since 2010 with roles including executive vice president and executive director of the Greater Dayton Area Health Information Exchange.

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