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AAMI President announces plan to retire

AAMI President and CEO Mary Logan has announced her plan to retire at the end of 2016, a departure that will come almost eight years after she took the helm and presided over a period of remarkable change for the organization. 

Logan, only the second AAMI president and CEO in its 48-year history, said her decision to retire stemmed from both personal and professional reasons. Personally, Logan, who will be just shy of 63 when she retires, said she wanted to spend more time with her husband and family, and enjoy a new chapter in her life. Professionally, Logan said she believes the end of next year would be a good time for a change of leadership because the association would be in the middle of a three-year strategic plan. That fact would allow a new president to start with the association already on a clear path forward.

“This was a difficult decision because I love AAMI and all that it represents. But it’s the right decision,” Logan said. “I think I’ve been the right president for AAMI during a pivotal period in its history. Looking ahead, AAMI will need a fresh perspective so that it can continue to grow and fulfill its mission in setting the standards—literally and figuratively—for healthcare technology and advancing the cause of patient safety.”

Logan announced her upcoming retirement at last weekend’s fall meeting of the AAMI Board of Directors. Board Chair Michael H. Scholla had high praise for Logan.

“It didn’t take very long for everyone to recognize that a new energy arrived at AAMI when Mary became president and CEO,” said Scholla, global director, regulatory and standards, at DuPont. “Mary quickly learned the subtitles of various membership constituents and put plans in place to add more value from being an AAMI member. She reached out to other organizations and established many relationships that benefit the organization. If I were to pick three major accomplishments they would be: being a great voice for our association in all situations, reinventing the role of the AAMI Foundation by focusing on key problems not addressed by other organizations, and leading by example.“

Logan, an attorney and an accomplished association executive, came to AAMI at a time of change and challenge, both for healthcare technology and associations in general. Healthcare technology has moved far beyond the world of individual medical devices that must be purchased and maintained. Today, healthcare itself is a complex system of systems with interconnected (and increasingly wireless) devices that “talk” to one another and computer networks. More and more, device software, not hardware, is driving discussions and decisions related to healthcare technology safety, efficiency, and security.

The challenge for all associations is one of relevance. The online world has revolutionized how professionals connect and network—a key role for associations—and AAMI has had to rethink how it serves its diverse membership: healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, sterilization experts, executives in the medical device industry, regulators, academics, and others who play a key role in healthcare technology.

Under Logan’s leadership, AAMI has enjoyed:

  • A higher profile as a champion of healthcare technology and patient safety
  • Robust financial health
  • A series of healthcare technology summits with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Multiple internal improvements that have better positioned the association for the future, including the adoption of new technology and the first-ever environmental scan
  • A fresh focus on how standards are developed with an appreciation for the fact that healthcare technology is changing rapidly
  • A vastly expanded portfolio of resources for members and others in healthcare technology
  • The launch of AAMI University, the premier online destination for education and training related to the development and use of medical devices and technologies
  • A revamped annual conference, which has broken attendance records
  • New recognition in the patient safety arena thanks to an aggressive series of initiatives by an expanded AAMI Foundation, including work on clinical alarm management and infusion system safety   

“Mary has done an incredible job forging new alliances with other organizations and focusing AAMI’s efforts on tackling the most important issues facing healthcare technology. Simply put, AAMI has come a long way under Mary’s leadership,” said Steve Campbell, AAMI’s chief operating officer. “But perhaps what’s most important is that Mary has positioned AAMI for a strong future long after she has retired. She has recruited and cultivated strong and talented volunteers and staff members, developed critically important succession plans, and led efforts to create an ambitious and focused strategic plan, which is being implemented now.”

In making her announcement, Logan emphasized that her work was far from complete. “Anyone who knows me understands that I am not one to sit on the sidelines,” she said. “It’s been my honor to serve our members and work with AAMI staff, and I’m going to give it my all over the next 14 months.”

The process to find a new president for AAMI will begin next year. A search committee will be formed and search firm selected in the first quarter of 2016.

“Mary is committed to working with the Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition with her successor and we are working on plans and timing for the search,” Scholla said.

Added Campbell: “By giving the AAMI Board more than a year notice of her retirement, Mary has also ensured that the transition will be smooth, which is vitally important to the stability and growth of any organization.”