C. SCHOENHARD, FACHE, ELECTED CHAIRMAN-ELECT OF AMERICAN COLLEGE
OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES
March 12, 2005—William C. Schoenhard, FACHE,
executive vice president and chief operating officer for SSM
Health Care, St. Louis, has been elected Chairman-Elect of
the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international
professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives.
took office today at the Council of Regents Meeting during
ACHE’s 48th Congress on Healthcare Management at the
Hilton Chicago. As Chairman-Elect, he will serve the first
part of a three-year term in ACHE’s consecutive chairmanship
offices: Chairman-Elect, Chairman, and Immediate Past-Chairman.
certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Schoenhard
had been serving as an ACHE Governor since 2002. Prior to
that, he was the ACHE Regent for the Missouri – Gateway
Area from 1997 to 2001.
has been executive vice president and chief operating officer
of SSM Health Care since 1986. SSMHC is one of the largest
Catholic healthcare systems in the United States; it owns,
operates, and manages 20 hospitals and three nursing homes
in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma.
In 2002, SSMHC became the first healthcare recipient of the
nation’s premier award for performance excellence in
quality achievement—the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
his current position, Schoenhard served in several positions
within SSMHC, including executive director of St. Joseph Health
Center, St. Charles, MO, and St. Joseph Hospital West, Lake
St. Louis, MO; executive director of Arcadia Valley Hospital,
Pilot Knob, MO; and associate executive director of St. Mary’s
Health Center, St. Louis. Prior to joining SSMHC, Schoenhard
served as vice president and director of General Services
at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis.
is a past chairman of the Missouri Hospital Association and
serves on the boards of directors of the American Hospital
Association Regional Policy Board, Mid America Transplant
Services, Lindenwood University, and Greater St. Louis Area
Boy Scouts of America. In 2003, Governor Bob Holden of Missouri
appointed Schoenhard to the Missouri Commission on Patient
a U.S. Navy officer, Schoenhard served in the Philippines
and Vietnam as damage control officer on the destroyer tender
USS Samuel Gompers.
received his master’s degree with honors in healthcare
administration from Washington University School of Medicine,
St. Louis, and his bachelor’s degree in public administration
from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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