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CHICAGO, February 28, 2004—Richard A. Henault, FACHE, executive vice president, Methodist Health System Foundation, Inc., New Orleans, has assumed the office of Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives.

Henault was installed today at the Council of Regents Meeting during ACHE's 47th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. He received the gavel from Larry S. Sanders, FACHE, outgoing ACHE Chairman.

As Chairman, Henault will serve the second part of a three-year term in ACHE's consecutive chairmanship offices: Chairman-Elect, Chairman, and Immediate Past-Chairman.

Before being named Chairman-Elect, Henault served as an ACHE Governor from 1999 to 2003. Prior to that, he was the ACHE Regent for Louisiana from 1996 to 1999.

Henault joined the Methodist Health System in 1984 as executive vice president, a position in which he continues today. He is responsible for systemwide strategic direction as well as operational and financial performance as they relate to system integration, subsidiary operations, and managed care initiatives. Henault concurrently serves as president and chief executive officer of several of the system's subsidiary corporations. His prior professional experience includes positions as chief operating officer of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and senior associate director of the Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans. He has also held teaching positions with the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and Tulane University, New Orleans.

Henault has recently chaired several community service organizations and public commissions, including the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, and the New Orleans Work Force Investment Board. He is the founding president of the New Health Care Managers Group of New Orleans and the Tulane Alumni in Health Systems Management.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Henault received his master's degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University, New Orleans, and his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston.

He is married to Julie Henault, and they have two children: Zachary, 15, and Simone, 13.

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