The Association was first organized in 1983 as the American Association of Eye and Ear Hospitals (AAEEH). We are governed by a board of directors composed of the top executives and clinicians from our member institutions.
The Association came together initially in response to the transition in site of care from the inpatient to the outpatient setting for a number of ophthalmic procedures. The founding institutions had three major objectives. First, they wanted to organize themselves for future government relations efforts as such initiatives were needed. Second, they wanted to develop group purchasing practices for more cost-effective acquisition of pharmaceuticals and surgical products. And third, since the institutions were not in competition with one another, they wanted to share information and best practices in order to improve their facilities.
Today's AAEECE is composed of both domestic and international institutions. The Association delivers its membership an array of innovative programs and services to enhance their viability and to bolster quality patient care.
American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence