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Cowling named as new trustee to the AHA Board and Snyder announces retirement

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Cowling named as new trustee to the AHA Board and Snyder announces retirement

Phyllis Cowling, president and CEO of United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas, was elected by the American Hospital Association (AHA) to fill a vacancy on its board of trustees for one year, effective Jan. 1, 2021. The Board of Trustees is the highest policy making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.

Phyllis Cowling has been an active HFMA member for many years, serving in various leadership roles.

“Over the past several years, I have developed great respect and appreciation for the policy development and advocacy work of the AHA,” said Cowling in a press release. “As such, I’m honored and excited at the opportunity to serve on the AHA board of trustees.”

Throughout her career, Cowling has been an active member of the HFMA Lone Star Chapter and served in various leadership roles at the organization’s local, regional and national levels.

Cowling also served as Chair of the board of trustees for the Texas Hospital Association in 2018, in addition to her ongoing involvement on several boards and committees within Wichita Falls. Her years of service with HFMA include the following roles:

National Leadership

  • Chair, 2002-2003
  • Member, Board of Directors, 1997-2003
  • Member, Executive Committee, 1999-2003
  • Chair-elect, 2001-2002
  • Secretary/Treasurer, 2000-2001
  • Chair, Council on Career Development, 1998-1999
  • Chair, Board of Examiners, 1997-1998
  • Member, Board of Examiners, 1994-1997

Regional/State Leadership

  • Chapter Liaison Representative, 1996-1997
  • Chair, Texas Coordinating Council, 1994-1995

Chapter Leadership

  • President, Lone Star Chapter, 1992-1994
  • Officer/Director, Lone Star Chapter, 1988-1992

Snyder retires from Oklahoma Hospital Association

Rick Snyder has served the Sunflower and Oklahoma Chapters for years and is now enjoying his retirement.

Rick Snyder, FHFMA, has announced his retirement from the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Snyder, who was director ex-officio 2019-20 for the Oklahoma Chapter, served most recently as OHA’s vice president of finance and information services.

He was previously a member of the Sunflower (Kansas) Chapter, where he was president 1993-94 and received the Medal of Honor in 1998. 

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