Sarah Hackenbracht

President & CEO

Sarah Hackenbracht is the President & CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA).

Phone: 216.903.2069


Sarah Hackenbracht is the President & CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA). In her role, she sets the vision and strategy for a dedicated team that serves the needs of the Dayton region’s 29 hospitals and health systems throughout 11 counties. GDAHA assists its members’ in the areas of community, quality, and innovation that require regional leadership in advocacy, education and awareness, health information technology, and emergency preparedness.


Sarah returned to the Dayton region to launch Decide to be Heard, the community-wide advance care planning initiative, which was established in partnership with Kettering Health Network, Ohio’s Hospice, Premier Health, University of Dayton, and Wright State University. Decide to be Heard continues as a model to bring advance care planning conversations into the lives of our community as a normal part of preparing for a sudden event or illness. From 2011 through 2016, she lived in Cleveland, Ohio and led the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership (CHAP) as its first Executive Director. Sarah joined CHAP after serving as the Vice President of Public Policy for the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and Senior Manager of Public Policy for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.


Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts from Wright State University in Political Science and received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. In 2010, she was honored as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” and had the privilege of serving as a judge for the 2020 class. As a recent graduate of Leadership Dayton Class of 2020, Sarah is eager to continue building relationships that will allow her to give back to the Dayton region that has already given her so much. She currently serves on the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Conference of Metropolitan Hospital Associations. In 2020, Sarah was recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as a one of the Dayton region’s Power 50 and the Better Business Bureau Women in Business Networking Top 25 Women of Impact.


Sarah and her husband, Alden, are eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child in December 2020, while their cat Hugo laments the loss of his “only cat” status.