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LYNNE THOMAS GORDON, FACHE, ELECTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CHICAGO, March 12, 2005—Lynne Thomas Gordon, FACHE, director of Operations, Shands at AGH, Gainesville, FL, 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.

Thomas Gordon took office today at the Council of Regents Meeting during ACHE’s 48th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hilton 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.

Thomas Gordon has served as director of Operations for Shands at AGH since 1997. A 367-bed acute care hospital affiliated with UF&Shands - The University of Florida Health System, Shands at AGH was the first Florida hospital to adopt the Planetree model of patient-centered care. As director of Operations, Thomas Gordon is responsible for providing management and operation leadership for designated patient care, clinical support, patient support, and ambulatory care areas.

Prior to joining Shands, Thomas Gordon served in positions of progressive responsibility at Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center in Atlanta. From 1991 to 1992 she was director of Professional Services, from 1992 to 1995 she was director of Patient Financial Services, and in 1996 she served as manager of Clinic Operations. Prior to that, Thomas Gordon was assistant director of the Medical Record Department at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta from 1980 to 1983, and director from 1983 to 1991. She began her career as utilization review coordinator for University Hospital in Augusta, GA, and also served for one year as a data analyst for the Atlanta Cancer Surveillance Center.

Prior to being elected an ACHE Governor, Thomas Gordon was the ACHE Regent for Northern Florida from 2001 to 2005. She served on the information management task force of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and was the JCAHO liaison for the American Health Information Management Association. Thomas Gordon is a past president of the North Central Florida Healthcare Executives, a past committee chairman of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, and a past board member of the Georgia Health Information Management Association and the Georgia Women Healthcare Executives. In addition, she is a frequent speaker on national, regional, and state levels and has served as an instructor for several universities and colleges, including the Medical College of Georgia and Brown College, and as a clinical instructor for Emory University and The Ohio State University.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Thomas Gordon received her executive master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University, Atlanta, and her bachelor’s degree in health information management from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

CONTACT: Douglas A. Klegon, Ph.D., (312) 424-9420

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