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B’nai B’rith International awarded Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), with the National Healthcare Award, which has recognized outstanding leaders in the health care field for more than 30 years. 

A gala award dinner was held earlier this evening in his honor at the Park Hyatt hotel in Washington, D.C.

For three decades, B’nai B’rith has underscored the outstanding work of health care leaders and corporations that set the standards for health and education initiatives. 


The standards set by these distinguished professionals ultimately better the lives of people throughout their communities and around the world.

“Solid leadership and dedication to the community are the hallmarks of Rich Umbdenstock’s outstanding career, and we are pleased to honor him with the National Healthcare Award. As the leader of an organization with a mission ‘to advance the health of individuals and communities,’ Rich understands the vital link between healthy individuals and thriving communities,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.

Umbdenstock leads an organization intrinsically linked with the history of heath care in this country. With nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems and other care providers in its network, the AHA’s impact on health care is significant. A published author on health care topics, Umbdenstock is a recognized and respected voice on health care in America.

“We are especially pleased with the American Hospital Association’s long history of recognizing the unique health needs of seniors. B’nai B’rith has long been a strong advocate for seniors. We are the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income housing for seniors, and we are committed to life-long access to affordable, dependable health insurance. B’nai B’rith and the AHA share the same values when it comes to healthy aging and its impact on a healthy society. That is what makes Rich Umbdenstock such a supremely accomplished and deserving recipient of this award,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.

The recipients of the B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award have shown a history of dedicated leadership and outstanding civic involvement in the health care field and in the broader community. Award winners support philanthropic causes benefiting health, youth, seniors and education programs.

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