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Remembering James Doherty Sr
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of James Doherty Sr. Jim was the founding President of the National Health Lawyers Association from 1976 – 1979 and was involved in the Association from the very beginning. His excellent work on the original Federal HMO Act provided a foundation to the modern managed care industry that we have today. Jim was an early leader and visionary for the Association and will be missed.
We will be publishing a tribute to Jim in the February issue of Connections Magazine and we encourage you to send in testimonials to Ana Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembering Art Bernstein
On August 25, 2018, we lost an AHLA family member; we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend Art Bernstein.
Our staff published a tribute to Art in the November issue of
AHLA Connections magazine and we also received the following tribute Dennis Purtell:
A Salute to Art Bernstein
"In reflecting upon the death of Art Bernstein, I believe it is worth noting that in many respects, Art was A Founder of the AHLA, if not perhaps, The Founder. One has to climb back to the beginnings of the AHLA to perhaps be able to come to this conclusion.
The AHLA began as a “Society” of the American Hospital Association. The AHA had in the 1960s, a variety of Societies, or sub-groups of components of hospitals whose members desired the opportunity of gather with professional peers to share knowledge of their activities. Only as a reference, I had the challenge of presenting a session on the Legal Aspects of Central Supply to the AHA Central Supply Society in Chicago in 1971. (Should anyone really need a copy of the outline, I believe I still have it!) In the 1960s, Art was the AHA General Counsel, and participated in and facilitated a series of periodic Legal Workshops for attorneys and Hospital Administrators. The attorneys in attendance soon came to desire a counterpart Society of Hospital Attorneys of the AHA. Dr. Edwin Crosby, then the Director of the AHA with no deep love for attorneys, needed major convincing that such was a good idea. Art, along with Jim Ludlam and several other hospital attorneys, convinced Dr. Crosby that it was an idea worth pursuing. Thus, in 1967 the ASHA came into being.
Art also knew and worked with Dave Greenburg, who resided in DC and was the staff member for the AHA. David was designated as the first AHA staff representative for the ASHA. Art shared with me recently that David was heavily pressured by the AHA to relocate to the AHA Central headquarters in Chicago but was hesitant to do so due both because of a liking of DC and a genuine concern about the winter weather in Chicago due to his difficulties in walking the streets. David’s reluctance led to the Board of the ASHA discontinuing the relationships with David and the appointment of a Chicago based staff representative succeeding him. The rest is history as we know, for David left the AHA, stayed in DC and eventually started the National Health Lawyers Association. I believe that Art retained a professional and personal friendship with David for decades.
Art continued a strong professional interest in the ASHA and was a diligent and remarkable teacher and presenter at numerous programs of the ASHA (and eventually, the AAHA, etc.) He also served as a President of the organization and contributed to its growth and success even after leaving the AHA. He had a disarming gentleness as well as a marvelous sense of humor and patience. He always commenced a reconnecting at Annual Meetings with a sincere question of ‘how are you doing” which was not a mere conversation formality. Past Presidents of the AHLA have maintained an unusual bond among themselves, and I firmly believe that Art was instrumental in creating and facilitating that bond.
As mentioned, as I do really believe he was in many respects, The Founder of the organizations, he will be missed."
And, take a moment to re-read Art's Q&A from our
Past Presidents Memory Book and his interview from the 50th Annivserary History Project.
Past Presidents of AHLA and Predecessor Organizations
- AHLA = American Health Lawyers Association
- NHLA = National Health Lawyers Association (1976-1997)
- AAHA = American Academy of Hospital Attorneys (1968-1997)