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ALYSON PITMAN GILES, FACHE, ELECTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CHICAGO, February 28, 2004—Alyson Pitman Giles, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, CMC Healthcare System, and president and chief executive officer, Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives.

Giles took office today at the Council of Regents Meeting during ACHE's 47th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. She will serve a three-year term representing ACHE affiliates on ACHE's Board of Governors, the authority that oversees ACHE operations and member services.

Giles has been president and chief executive officer of Catholic Medical Center since 1999 and was named president and chief executive officer of CMC Healthcare System in 2002. The healthcare system includes the 330-bed acute care hospital, a multi-specialty physician practice subsidiary, an independent and assisted living facility, and an ambulatory surgery center. Catholic Medical Center is also home to the New England Heart Institute, which has been named one of the top 100 hospitals for cardiac care.

Giles joined Catholic Medical Center as executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1998. Prior to that, she was president and chief executive officer of New London (NH) Hospital (1993-1998) and president of Lake Shore Hospital (1992). Between 1982 and 1992, Giles served in a variety of senior leadership positions at various New Hampshire-based healthcare organizations. She began her executive career in 1978 as director of Occupational Therapy at Shelby County Health Care Center, Memphis, TN, and moved to a similar position at McKerley Health Care Center in Concord, NH, in 1980.

Prior to being elected an ACHE Governor, Giles was the ACHE Regent for New Hampshire from 1999 to 2003. During her career, she has held a number of special appointments, including president of the New Hampshire Association of Healthcare Executives and trustee of Notre Dame College, Manchester. Giles has served on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Hospital Association and numerous other boards in the areas of telecommunications, insurance, and the chamber of commerce. In 2002, she was named a Remarkable Woman in Healthcare by New Hampshire Magazine and was named a NH Distinguished Citizen by the Daniel Webster Boy Scout Council.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Giles received her master's degree in human services administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester and her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University in Medford, MA.

CONTACT: Deborah A. Labb, (312) 424-9426

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