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RONALD G. SPAETH, FACHE, RECEIVES ACHE'S GOLD MEDAL AWARD

CHICAGO, January 3, 2005—Ronald G. Spaeth, FACHE, president of ENH Foundation, Evanston (IL) Northwestern Healthcare, has been named the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2005 Gold Medal Award. Spaeth will receive the award on Monday, March 14, 2005, at the Arthur C. Bachmeyer Memorial Address and Luncheon during ACHE’s 48th 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.

As president of ENH Foundation, Spaeth leads ENH's fundraising and development efforts, a role that bridges the gap between community healthcare needs and service availability.

Spaeth has been with ENH since 1999, following the merger of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Highland Park (IL) Hospital, where he was president and chief executive officer from 1983 to 2002. Prior to being named president of the ENH Foundation, he was chief administrative officer for System Development from 2000 to 2002 and chief administrative officer for System Integration from 1999 to 2000. From 1972 to 1983, he held positions of progressive responsibility at Evanston (IL) Hospital. He began his career in 1967 as administrative assistant at The Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus, and was named administrator in 1972.

Throughout his career, Spaeth has held a number of leadership positions in various healthcare organizations. He is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is a past board member of the American Hospital Association and past chairman of the Illinois Hospital Association. He has held leadership positions with the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and American Health Planning Association. An ACHE affiliate since 1970, Spaeth served ACHE as a Regent for Illinois (1984-1988), a Governor (1988-1992), and Chairman (1993-1994). He was also a faculty member in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago from 1980 to 1984, and an adjunct instructor in the Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Services Administration at The Ohio State University, Columbus, from 1973 to 1985. Spaeth has been active in many community organizations as well, and is currently a member of the Executives Club of Chicago, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Economic Club of Chicago, and Rotary Club of Highland Park.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Spaeth received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

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

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