American Geriatrics Society Names AARP
President Jennie Chin Hansen Its New CEO
March 17, 2010 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has chosen AARP
President Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, FAAN, as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Hansen, who finishes her term with AARP this spring, will take over from Linda Hiddemen Barondess in April.
During her 27-year tenure, Ms. Barondess led the transformation of the AGS into the nation’s leading organization
focused on improving the care of older adults.
In announcing the appointment to AGS members, Society President Cheryl Phillips, MD, commented, “Jennie’s
leadership in California, and then on the national front, has been nothing short of remarkable and inspirational. She,
together with her colleagues at On Lok, were able to effect changes in California and at the national level through
expansion of the Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) to other states. Changes which have improved
the coordinated care we offer our nation’s elders who live with complex clinical and medical conditions. We are
looking forward to working with her toward achieving our mission – improving the health, independence, and quality
of life for older adults.”
“I feel privileged and honored to be taking the helm from Linda, who has done so much for the field of geriatrics and
elder healthcare,” said Ms. Hansen, who was elected President of the AARP in 2008 after six years on its Board of
Directors, and has more than three decades of experience in the field.
In recent years the AGS has expanded its public policy advocacy efforts significantly, and has, among other things,
advised lawmakers as they have worked to develop health reform proposals to improve healthcare for older adults.
The health reform legislation before Congress includes provisions that will result in better-coordinated, higher quality
and more affordable care for older people. The legislation also includes provis