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BMC’s Thomas Traylor Named Chair of America’s Essential Hospitals
Boston – July 9, 2013 – Thomas P. Traylor, Boston Medical Center’s Vice President of Federal, State and Local programs, has been named Chair of the Executive Committee for America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly known as the National Association for Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Given his knowledge and expertise at New England’s largest safety-net hospital, Traylor was elected to help lead the national organization representing more than 200 hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. His one-year term began July 1.
As Chair, Traylor will play a key role in overseeing the strategic direction of America’s Essential Hospitals. The executive committee, which comprises the board officers and additional at-large committee members elected by the members, is responsible for the oversight of America’s Essential Hospitals affairs, which includes the key advocacy issues of restoring safety net funding, protecting graduate medical education payments, encouraging Medicaid expansion, immigration reform and gun control/access to mental health services.
“Safety-net hospitals across the country provide high-quality, innovative care for some of the most vulnerable patients,” said Traylor. “I look forward to working with Bruce Siegel, President and CEO of the organization and its member hospitals to improve access to essential health care services and help make our health care system more efficient.”
In his current role at Boston Medical Center (BMC), Traylor directs the hospital’s government relations activities, including oversight of the government funding that BMC receives through Medicaid, Medicare and Commonwealth Care.
Traylor, who came to BMC in 1996, has been a key member in the Boston health care arena for decades. Prior to his career at BMC, he was Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer at Boston’s Department of Health and Hospitals (1986-1996). He also was a member of Governor Deval Patrick’s health-care transition team.
Traylor received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., and his MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.