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ACHE Announces Award Winners: Gold Medal, Lifetime Service and Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Awards

CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2011—The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) announces the following 2011 award winners: Kenneth D. Graham, FACHE, recipient of the Gold Medal Award; Robert R. Fanning Jr., LFACHE, and Frankie Perry, RN, LFACHE, recipients of the Lifetime Service Award; and Brett D. Lee, PhD, FACHE, recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.

Graham, who is president and CEO of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., won the Gold Medal Award for making significant contributions to the healthcare field. The Gold Medal Award is ACHE’s highest honor bestowed on outstanding leaders. The purpose of this award is to identify Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial and national levels. The Gold Medal Award recognizes individuals who go beyond the confines of their own organization to continually contribute to the improvement of healthcare services and community health. Graham served on ACHE’s Board of Governors from 2004 to 2007 and is chair of ACHE’s Voluntary Giving Committee and a member of the Counselors Committee. He will receive his award on Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Opening Session during ACHE’s 54th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Fanning was president and CEO of Northeast Health System/Northeast Hospital Corporation in Beverly, Mass., for 20 years, retiring from there in 2000. Fanning, who joined ACHE in 1968 and became a Fellow in 1980, won the Lifetime Service Award for making substantial contributions to ACHE during his career. The Lifetime Service Award was established in 2000. It is awarded to a Life Fellow or Retired Fellow who has made significant contributions to ACHE through elected office, has served on ACHE committees or task forces and has participated in ACHE activities, independent chapters or affiliated groups. Fanning was an ACHE Chairman Officer from 1991 to 1994. He is currently on the Counselors Committee and Life and Retired Affiliates Committee. Fanning will receive his award Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Arthur C. Bachmeyer Memorial Address and Luncheon during ACHE’s 54th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Perry, a hospital administrator and nurse early in her career, was hired by ACHE in 1986 and retired from the organization in 1995 as executive vice president. She currently is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches a healthcare management course. Awarded the Lifetime Service Award for making significant contributions to ACHE during her career, Perry also served on ACHE’s New Mexico Regents Advisory Council from 1995 to 2007 and has been an active member of her local ACHE chapter. She will receive her award Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Arthur C. Bachmeyer Memorial Address and Luncheon during ACHE’s 54th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Lee is COO of Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Lee won the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year for outstanding achievement in the field of healthcare management. The award is given to an exceptional healthcare executive who is less than 40 years old, is a Fellow of ACHE and holds a CEO or COO position in a healthcare organization. Lee will receive his award on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE’s 54th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious FACHE® credential, Congress on Healthcare Leadership conference, network of more than 80 chapters, educational offerings, publications, career development and public policy programs, and research. Based in Chicago, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.

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