Sue Stout

With more than 30 years as a nonprofit health care public policy executive and professional, Sue Stout, the new chief communications officer and director of public policy for the Amputee Coalition, Knoxville, Tenn, will lead the legislative agenda, public policy initiatives, and strategic communications.

Stout will focus on the organization’s grassroots efforts to increase the number of states with prosthetic and orthotic parity laws.

"Her background as a registered nurse enables her to look at legislation from a compassionate human perspective, not simply as a collection of statistics,"  said Kendra Calhoun, president and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. "Her successful track record in passage of complex health care legislation in Minnesota is a reflection on her ability to get things done and think things through strategically.”

Stout is currently director of state government relations for the Minnesota Hospital Association, where she provides strategic leadership, analysis, and implementation of state government relations. Her background includes service as senior government relations officer for the Minnesota Nurses Association and the director of Freeborn County Public Health in Albert Lea, Minn.

Stout has expertise in health care program development,  grassroots organizing, communications strategy and management, association and leadership development, and strategic planning.

In addition to leading the Amputee Coalition’s strategy in Congress, Stout will also focus on specific state delegations such as Tennessee, Iowa, and Minnesota. She will oversee the public policy agenda outlines in the Amputee Coalition’s Limb Loss Task Force, Roadmap for Limb Loss Prevention and Amputee Care Improvement.

She will join the organization in January.

[Source: Amputee Coalition]