DGA joins health care coalition

Apted voted in as DGA fifth vice president

The Directors Guild of America has joined the National Coalition on Health Care, citing what its board called the “impending crisis” from spiraling costs of health care.

DGA’s national board took the action Saturday at its regularly scheduled meeting, following a presentation by Coalition prexy Henry E. Simmons.

“Joining the coalition means that we, as directors and members of the directorial team, can play an important role in educating the public about the alarming crisis and in continuing to assure quality health care, not only for our members, but for all Americans,” said DGA prexy Martha Coolidge.

The NCHC consists of more than 80 entities including pension funds, major corporations, national unions, associations of health care providers and consumer groups. The Coalition’s honorary co-chairmen are former Presidents Bush, Ford and Carter; co-chairs are former Gov. Robert D. Ray (R-Iowa) and former U.S. Rep. Paul G. Rogers (D-Fla.).

The board also tapped Michael Apted as DGA fifth vice president, replacing director John Frankenheimer, who died July 6. Apted has served as a member of the national board and also serves on the guild’s Western Directors Council and Independent Directors Committee.

The board also elected director Donald Petrie to fill Apted’s seat on the board and Michael Mann to Petrie’s seat as an alternate member of the board.

Unit production manager-a.d. Bob Jeffords was elected to serve as associate member of the national board and unit production manager Cleve Landsberg as a national board second alternate.

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