American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence Welcomes The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital As Its Newest Member

January 26, 2015 -- The American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence (AAEECE) is pleased to announce its newest member, the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Having KKESH as part of our association brings some fresh vision and insight to our group as we plan and analyze the changes taking place in the world of ophthalmology.  We look forward to working with them,” said Mia Paterno, AAEECE’s president.  “Their research, teaching, and patient care are truly world-class.”

Representatives from AAEECE’s member institutions from around the world meet twice a year to discuss issues affecting eye and ear centers of excellence – from business and operational issues, to strategic planning, to sharing best practices for patient care.  Recent projects include quantitative and qualitative benchmarking and group purchasing.

The AAEECE is comprised of the premier institutions for specialized eye and ear procedures, such as cataract surgery, vitrectomy. corneal transplants, and cochlear implants.  Some of these institutions are the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Emory Eye Center, and Moorfields Eye Hospital. These centers of excellence offer some of the most innovative teaching programs in the world, routinely treat the most severely ill eye and ear patients, and provide highly specialized services not available in general acute care hospitals.



Association Announces Mia Paterno As New President and CEO

January 24, 2015 -- The American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence (AAEECE) Board of Directors has appointed Mia Paterno as the new President and CEO of AAEECE and AAEECE Affiliated Services, effective January 24, 2015.  Ms. Paterno replaces Robert Betz, Ph.D. in these roles.  She joined AAEECE Affiliated Services in September 2013 as Executive Director, overseeing the association’s group purchasing organization to reduce member supply costs for ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and other related healthcare products and services.

“Ms. Paterno’s success with AAEECE Affiliated Services has resulted in substantial savings for our members, while strengthening relationships with supply manufacturers,” said Joe Bilson, AAEECE Chairman.  “We look forward to her leadership at the Association as the healthcare marketplace evolves.”

Ms. Paterno has also served as the Business and Operations Manager for Surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

The AAEECE is comprised of the premier institutions for specialized eye and ear procedures.  These centers of excellence offer some of the most innovative teaching programs in the world, routinely treat the most severely ill eye and ear patients, and provide highly specialized services not available in general acute care hospitals. 

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