NAMED ACHE'S 'YOUNG HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR'
January 2, 2002Colleen L. Kannaday, CHE, president of
St. Francis Hospital and Health Center, Blue Island, Ill., has won
the American College of Healthcare Executives 2002 Robert S. Hudgens
Award for young healthcare executive of the year. Kannaday will
receive the award on March 18, 2002, at the Parker B. Francis Distinguished
Lecture during ACHE's 45th Congress on Healthcare Management in
Hudgens Award is presented annually to an exceptional healthcare
executive who is less than 40 years old and who is the chief executive
officer or chief operating officer of a health services organization.
The award was established in 1969 by the Alumni/ae Association of
the Department of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth
University, Richmond, in tribute to its former course director and
ACHE's first vice president, Robert S. Hudgens, FACHE.
certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Diplomate, Kannaday
was selected from among numerous young healthcare executives who
were nominated for the award by their professional colleagues. The
Hudgens Memorial Award Committee selected the winner based on demonstrated
leadership, administrative ability, motivation, attitude, innovation,
and creativity. St. Francis Hospital and Health Center is a 410-bed
member organization of SSM Health Care, which is based in St. Louis.
Kannaday joined St. Francis in 1996 as executive vice president
and chief operating officer and was named president in 2001. Prior
to this, she worked as one of the first trainees in SSM Health Care's
Executive Trainee Program, designed to develop future leaders within
the SSM system. Following her training, she served as vice president
of Operations and then interim president at Saint Eugene Community
Hospital in Dillon, S.C.
serves on the boards of St. Benedict Catholic School and Main Street
Blue Island and is a past member of the ACHE Regent's Advisory Council
for Illinois - Southern Cook County. She was named the 1995 Business
and Professional Women's Young Careerist for the State of South
Carolina and received the Reverend John J. Flanagan Award for Outstanding
Leadership from St. Louis University in 1991. Under Kannaday's leadership,
St. Francis was named one of the nation's 2001 top 100 cardiovascular
hospitals by Solucient (formerly HCIA Inc.).
received her master's degree in health administration from St. Louis
University and her bachelor's degree in political science from Santa
Clara (Calif.) University.
Deborah A. Labb, (312) 424-9426