Interim Dayton hospital association president/CEO gets job permanently

Sarah Hackenbracht has been named president and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, ending a 5-month tenure temporarily leading the trade group.

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“I’m honored by the opportunity to lead the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association through this transition,” Hackenbracht said in a prepared statement released Monday night. “I look forward to working with our board of trustees to continue the organization’s long-standing history of success advocating for the Dayton region’s hospitals and health systems and building strong partnerships to positively impact the health of the region.”

Hackenbracht represents 29 member hospitals and health organizations in 11 counties in west central Ohio with the primary focus of ensuring quality health care.

The agency leads and coordinates efforts on critical issues such as a coordinated hospital response to the opioid epidemic, mental and behavioral health, emergency preparedness and quality initiatives.

“Sarah is a consummate professional and has impressed us both in her prior experience and her leadership during the past few months,” said Deborah Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital and GDAHA Board of Trustees chairwoman.

“I have no doubt that she will continue to impress us and lead the area’s health care organizations to even greater heights,” Feldman said.

Hackenbracht's career with GDAHA includes a stint as vice president of public policy.

She has 13 years of non-profit and healthcare experience, having served as executive director of the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership (CHAP) in Cleveland during the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

She earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Wright State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Dayton.

Bryan Bucklew stepped down as GDAHA president and CEO in October 2018.

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