America's Essential Hospitals
The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) was founded in 1981 with five public hospitals. Our membership grew and evolved over the next 30 years, prompting us to launch a review of our brand in spring 2012. We found that even though our members now represent various forms of public and nonprofit systems, they are united by a mission to ensure access to the best care possible for all patients, including those with no ability to pay.
They also share a role as primary providers of essential community services, such as trauma and burn care, disaster response, public health, prevention, and medical education.
Our new name, America's Essential Hospitals, speaks to this legacy of public accountability and service and commitment to the people and communities who depend on our members for access to high-quality, affordable, and innovative health care.
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