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James W. Dunn Recognized as Grassroots Champion

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 7, 2010) – James W. Dunn, vice president of advocacy and community affairs at Bon Secours Virginia, has been awarded the American Hospital Association (AHA) 2010 Grassroots Champion Award. Mr. Dunn is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.

The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and is a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients. The award is given by the AHA, in partnership with the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

“We depend upon strong voices like yours to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and chief executive officer. "This award is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to improving health and health care in America."

Mr. Dunn was recognized for his outstanding grassroots advocacy efforts at the state and federal level. He arranged legislative days for Bon Secours personnel at the Virginia General Assembly, and was a strong voice for all Virginia hospitals. When focusing on federal issues, Mr. Dunn has traveled to Washington to meet with his congressmen and educate them on the effects of federal legislation on Bon Secours and health care in Virginia. He regularly invites his state and federal representatives to Bon Secours facilities to discuss their importance to the communities they serve.

"Jim is a strong and inspirational advocate," says Laurens Sartoris, president of VHHA. "He understands the issues and ensures that our elected leaders value them as well. His efforts demonstrate a strong commitment to Virginians and the Commonwealth’s health care delivery system."

The award is presented annually to one individual from each state with winners being chosen by the state association. The 2010 honorees will be recognized at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 27. Mr. Dunn is one of 52 individuals being honored this year.

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About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

About VHHA
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of hospitals and health delivery systems that develops and advocates health care policy for the Commonwealth. Its vision is to achieve excellence in both health care and health. For more information, visit www.vhha.com.

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