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CHICAGO, January 2, 2002—Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources in Arlington, has been named the recipient of one of two American College of Healthcare Executives 2002 Gold Medal Awards. Hawthorne will receive the award on March 18, 2002, at the Arthur C. Bachmeyer Memorial Address and Luncheon during ACHE's 45th Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago.

The Gold Medal Award is ACHE's highest honor bestowed on outstanding leaders who, through a career of service, have made significant contributions to the healthcare profession and field. The purpose of this award is to identify ACHE Fellows who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial, and national levels. The Gold Medal Award recognizes those individuals who go beyond the confines of their own organization to continually contribute to the improvement of healthcare services and community health.

Texas Health Resources is Texas' largest faith-based, not-for-profit health system, created by the merger of Harris Methodist Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, and Arlington Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. Hawthorne has been THR's president and chief executive officer since overseeing the merger in 1997. Prior to this, he served as president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Resources and Presbyterian Healthcare System, beginning in 1983. From 1970 to 1983, he held increasingly responsible positions within Presbyterian Healthcare.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Hawthorne is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, a member of the AHA Executive Committee, and chairman of the AHA Operations Committee. He serves on the boards of Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Trinity University in San Antonio, Premier, and Boy Scouts of America. He is also a faculty member at several universities, including Trinity University and the University of Houston - Clear Lake. In addition, Hawthorne served as the ACHE Regent for Texas - Greater Dallas/Fort Worth from 1993 to 1997 and is a past chairman of the Texas Hospital Association.

Hawthorne has received numerous awards and commendations for his service to the healthcare field, including the Earl M. Collier Award from the Texas Hospital Association in 1994 and the Boone Powell, Sr. Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council in 1997. Under his leadership, Texas Health Resources was named one of the top 20 U.S. health systems in governance practices by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Hawthorne received his master's degree in healthcare administration and his bachelor's degree in business administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

The second 2002 Gold Medal Award recipient is C. Duane Dauner, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of the California Healthcare Association/California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems in Sacramento.

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