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WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2022) Healthcare Ready — a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the U.S. health care system and assist all communities in planning for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and disease pandemics — recently announced the appointment of four leaders in the fields of infectious diseases, medical engagement, pharmaceuticals and the U.S. health care industry to officer positions on its board of directors.
Tom Cotter, MPH, executive director of Healthcare Ready, announced the organization’s new officers on the board of directors as follows:
- Chair Phyllis Arthur, vice president for infectious diseases and emerging science policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). In this role, Arthur works with member companies in vaccines, biodefense and antimicrobials development on policy, legislative, and regulatory issues. Prior to joining BIO, she worked in numerous marketing and sales positions for Merck & Co., Inc. in its vaccine division and helped launch several new vaccines in the United States and internationally, including the first HPV vaccine, GARDASIL.
- Chair-Elect Rebecca McGrath, senior vice president, government relations, and public policy at Cardinal Health. Prior to joining Cardinal Health in April 2016, McGrath served as Vice President of the District Policy Group and a Government Relations Director with Drinker Biddle’s Lobbying & Advocacy team for seven years. McGrath is an experienced government relations professional with proven ability to achieve federal legislative, programmatic, regulatory, and advocacy-related goals on behalf of biopharmaceutical companies, industry groups, and patient advocacy organizations.
- Secretary Bruce Altevogt, PhD, vice president and head of external engagement, internal medicine and hospital chief medical affairs office at Pfizer. In this role Altevogt is responsible for establishing and managing the business unit’s scientific and medical stakeholder engagement strategy. In addition, the external medical team supports the industry leading Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) surveillance program, ATLAS (Antimicrobial Testing Leadership and Surveillance). Prior to this role he was a senior director of science policy and science advocacy within global policy and international public affairs. In this role Altevogt was responsible for managing policy issues in support of Pfizer’s research & development enterprise, vaccines and was lead for anti-microbial resistance policy.
- Treasurer Paul Aines, although currently retired, continues to serve as Healthcare Ready’s treasurer helping to ensure the financial integrity of the organization. He previously worked as the executive vice president of administration, and chief financial officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). He was responsible for oversight of the organization’s finances, IT services, and facilities and meeting operations. Aines currently serves as the chair of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association, the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, DC, and serves on the personnel council of the National Presbyterian Church.
“On behalf of all of us at Healthcare Ready, I’d like to thank Perry Fri, the outgoing chairman for his service to our board of directors,” said Cotter who joined the nonprofit in June.
“I am excited and honored to be working with a board whose skills, experience, and leadership support the ever-growing challenges to the healthcare supply chain and healthcare access. Facing pandemics, climate change, man-made disasters and more, Healthcare Ready stands firm in its commitment to helping build resilient communities,” he said.
About Healthcare Ready
Healthcare Ready is a nonprofit organization established in 2007 to help strengthen the U.S. health care system and assist communities in planning for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and disease pandemics. It serves as a linkage point between industry, and local, state, and federal governments to help build resilient communities and safeguard patients before, during, and after public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.healthcareready.org or on Twitter @HC_Ready.