Schroeder recognized as grassroots champion

The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Wyoming Hospital Association, has awarded Rick Schroeder, CEO of North Big Horn Hospital, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champions Award. As a 2013 Grassroots Champion Schroeder is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.Schroeder_Rick

The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champions 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, who are tireless advocates for the hospital and its patients.

“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 CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to improving health and health care in America.”

Schroeder frequently attends statewide healthcare meetings and has traveled to Washington, D.C. twice in the last four months to help explain the challenges of running a Critical Access Hospital in the rural west.

“Rick’s willingness to engage in dialog with lawmakers and policy makers on behalf of our advocacy agenda truly helps increase our effectiveness,” said Dan Perdue, WHA President. “In our efforts to improve the healthcare environment for hospitals and the patients we serve, Rick is certainly an outstanding leader and spokesperson. We are fortunate to have him leading the way.”

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 42,000 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 the AHA Web site at