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MUNROE NAMED ACHE'S 'YOUNG HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR'

CHICAGO, January 2, 2003—Anthony E. Munroe, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Opportunity Family Health Center, Inc., in Miami, has won the American College of Healthcare Executives 2003 Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for young healthcare executive of the year. Munroe will receive the award on March 17, 2003, at the Parker B. Francis Distinguished Lecture during ACHE's 46th Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago.

The Hudgens Award is presented annually to an exceptional healthcare executive who is less than 40 years old and who is the chief executive officer or chief operating officer of a health services organization. The award was established in 1969 by the Alumni/ae Association of the Department of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, in tribute to its former course director and ACHE's first vice president, Robert S. Hudgens, FACHE.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Munroe was selected from among healthcare executives who were nominated for the award by their professional colleagues. The Hudgens Memorial Award Committee selected the winner based on demonstrated leadership, administrative ability, motivation, attitude, innovation, and creativity.

Economic Opportunity Family Health Center, Inc., is a not-for-profit, multi-site comprehensive community health center and social services provider. Munroe joined EOFHC in 1998 as the organization's president and chief executive officer. Prior to this, he served as director of Community Health Promotion for the DeKalb County Board of Health in Decatur, GA, and executive director for Family Health Services for the New York City Department of Health. Munroe has held administrative positions at several healthcare organizations in the New York metropolitan area, including the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Interfaith Medical Center, and Brookdale Hospital Medical Center.

Munroe is a past chairman of the Miami-Dade Community Health Initiative and serves on the advisory board of directors for the Miami Fellows Program. He holds several leadership positions for the Miami chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and was recently voted Alpha of the Year for the state of Florida. Munroe is a member of several professional associations, including the American Hospital Association, National Association of Health Services Executives, and the American Public Health Association. In addition, he was named one of Modern Healthcare's "Up & Comers" for 2002.

Munroe received his master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and his bachelor's degree in economics from Excelsior College in Albany, NY. In addition, he has completed his studies for a master's degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, NY.

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