AHA presents 2019 Grassroots Champion Award to Dr. Daniel J. Messina
In partnership with HANYS, the American Hospital Association presented its 2019 Grassroots Champion Award to Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Richmond University Medical Center, on June 20, in recognition of his effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress. Dr. Messina demonstrates strong leadership in his work with the New York state congressional delegation to advance federal policies that enable New York’s hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout the state.
Located in a congressional swing district that has had frequent turnover of representation in Congress, Dr. Messina has always stepped up to ensure that new members of the delegation on both sides of the aisle are well informed about the advocacy priorities of not just RUMC, but the entire hospital community.
Dr. Messina frequently partners with HANYS to help advance our collective agenda, including on issues related to Graduate Medical Education, the 340B drug pricing program, Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital funding and emergency preparedness. An active member of the HANYS Board of Trustees, Dr. Messina is a leader and resource for members of the New York congressional delegation, who regularly look to him as they tackle challenging issues in Washington.
AHA’s Grassroots Champion Award recognizes 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 are tireless advocates for hospitals and patients. The award is presented annually to one individual from each state.