ASHE and ASHRM announce new executive director




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Contact: Eliana Munro


June 24, 2022

CHICAGO—The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) and The American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) have announced a new executive director: Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ortolano. Ortolano has more than 15 years of leadership and association experience in law, health care and real estate organizations, and a passion for engaging teams to achieve strategic goals.

Most recently, Ortolano was senior director of customer and member experience with the Institute of Real Estate Management.

Ortolano has extensive experience in designing operational infrastructure to enhance stakeholder and member experiences. In her previous roles, Ortolano has focused on membership development, fundraising, program development, customer experience and chapter relations.

Prior to Ortolano joining the AHA, Deanna Martin, MS, CAE, now vice president of professional membership groups within the AHA’s Field Engagement division, served as executive director for ASHRM and ASHE. Martin said Ortolano will build on previous ASHRM and ASHE successes as she works to serve members of each group.

“Lizzie is driven to create a culture of open communication, collaboration, and engaging teams to meet strategic goals,” says Martin. “She’ll be a great fit with the ASHE and ASHRM teams, the members of each group, and the AHA as a whole.”


About ASHE
ASHE is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. More than 12,500 members rely on ASHE as a key source of professional development, industry information and advocacy, including representation on key issues that affect their work in the physical health care environment. For more information about ASHE, contact 312-422-3800 or visit

ASHRM is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association with nearly 6,000 members representing risk management, patient safety, insurance, law, finance, and other related professionals. ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking, and interactions with leading health care organizations and government agencies. For more information about ASHRM, contact 312-422-3980 or visit