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CHICAGO, January 2, 2002—Joseph H. Powell, LFACHE, has been named the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Lifetime Service Award. Powell will receive the award on March 20, 2002, at the Wednesday Keynote Address during ACHE's 45th Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago.

The Lifetime Service Award was established in 2000 to recognize healthcare executives who have made substantial contributions to ACHE during their careers. It is awarded to Life Fellows, Life Diplomates, Retired Fellows, and Retired Diplomates who have made significant contributions to ACHE through elected office, service on ACHE committees or task forces, and participation in ACHE activities or affiliated groups.

Prior to his retirement in 1994, Powell served 40 years in the Baptist Memorial Health Care System. He began his career in 1954 as an administrative resident at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. In 1980 he was named president of the hospital and in 1981 he oversaw the formation of Baptist Memorial Health Care System, which currently provides healthcare in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Following his retirement, Powell was named president emeritus at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and Baptist Memorial Hospital, a position he still holds today.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Life Fellow, Powell served as the ACHE Regent for Tennessee from 1978 to 1984. He has served on the boards of the National Committee for Quality Health Care, the Healthcare Research and Development Institute, the Healthcare Leadership Council, and the Memphis board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In addition, he is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the Tennessee Hospital Association, and the International Hospital Federation. During his career, Powell served as president of the Memphis Hospital Council, chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association, trustee-at-large for the American Hospital Association, and chairman of the Health Services Division of United Way. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Memphis and served two terms as chairman of the deacons.

Powell has received numerous commendations throughout his career, including the President's Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association in 1994, the Distinguished Service Award from THA in 1981, the L.M. Graves Memorial Health Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Health in 1992, and the L. Palmer Brown Silver Hope Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 1989. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humanics from Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

Powell received his master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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