Ron Hollander is a frequent speaker and facilitator on a wide range of health policy topics, particularly the strategic dimensions and implications of health reform. He has addressed a broad array of health care audiences including association and hospital boards, multi-stakeholder coalitions, business groups and clinical leadership audiences. He has been a principal speaker or facilitator for the National Health Leadership Council, the American Hospital Association, the National Business Coalition on Health, HealthCare 21 Tennessee, the New England Healthcare Assembly, the Northeast Home Health Care Assembly, and the Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin Hospital Associations.

Ron was formerly the President of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA).
He served MHA and its member institutions for almost 25 years, beginning as a director for regional hospital councils and serving successively as director of strategic planning, senior vice president, and executive vice president.

Since leaving the Association in 2007, Ron has been an independent consultant and facilitator, focused on strategy in the context of health reform. He is also on the faculty of the Tufts Medical School teaching health policy in the Public Health Department.

As President of MHA, Ron provided leadership during the rapid restructuring of the Massachusetts health care system, positioning MHA at the forefront of efforts to improve health care quality and patient safety, while ensuring access to an affordable, thriving hospital and health care system. In addition to two major legislative reforms to broaden coverage, these efforts included:

  • The groundbreaking Patients First initiative which provides the public with hospital staffing plans and outcome measures to help them make informed decisions about the care they receive;
  • Formation of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors - a national model in the patient safety movement - and the Massachusetts Health Quality Partnership, a quality measurement effort among employers, purchasers, government, and hospitals;
  • Creation of WeCare!, an initiative to raise public awareness about the importance of hospitals and health care in our communities;
  • Multiple coalition efforts to provide health care coverage to the uninsured and to decrease demands on the uncompensated care pool - the state's health care safety net;
  • Leading Massachusetts hospitals in efforts to ensure that payments to hospitals are fair and advocating for accountability and responsible payment practices;
  • Major collaborations with public and private organizations to implement electronic health records and computerized physician order entry systems across the commonwealth to reduce medical errors and health care costs.

Mr. Hollander served on many boards and committees, including the Governor's Commission on Health Care Reform, the Legislative Special Commission on Uncompensated Care, the Governor's Commission on Managed Care, the American Hospital Association's Strategic Long-Range Planning Committee, AHA's Task Force on Medicaid Reform and its Committee on Allieds, and the Attorney General's Community Benefits Advisory Task Force. He also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Massachusetts e-Health Collaborative an initiative committed to the statewide implementation of electronic health records.

Prior to joining MHA, Ron was director of corporate planning for Children's Hospital in Boston. He began his health care career as a health and social systems consultant, followed by public service as a systems analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, leading efforts to increase government and local support of mental health programs in Greater Lawrence.

He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Hollander is married with four children and resides in Newton, Mass.

Speaker Topics

  • Future of Health Care
  • Health Care Reform
  • Quality and Patient Safety

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator