David Pearson, FACHE
American Hospital Association
As Regional Executive of the American Hospital Association (AHA), Pearson shares resources and information about AHA membership and benefits, federal relations activities, grassroots lobbying and AHA's products and services to all hospitals in Region 7, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Previously, he served for 11 years as President and CEO of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH). TORCH is a professional association whose members consist of general acute care hospitals of less than 150 beds, as well as the companies and organizations which provide products and services to rural hospitals. He was also directly responsible for several subsidiary organizations: a for-profit management services company, a not-for-profit foundation, and multiple provider organizations. Before becoming the CEO, Pearson served as the vice president of Advocacy and Communications for TORCH for six years.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in healthcare administration and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Pearson is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been Board Certified in Healthcare Management by ACHE since 2003.
In 2007, Pearson was named a Herkimer Award winner for outstanding health administration alumni at Texas State University. He was chosen as one of the 12 Rural Health Fellows for 2008 by the National Rural Health Association in Washington D.C. and now serves on their Rural Health Policy Congress, Finance Committee, Government Affairs Committee, and the NRHA Service Corporation board of directors.