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HOLMES NAMED ACHE’S
‘YOUNG HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR’

CHICAGO, January 3, 2005—Chip Holmes, CHE, administrator of Littleton (NH) Regional Hospital, has won the American College of Healthcare Executives 2005 Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for young healthcare executive of the year. Holmes will receive the award on Monday, March 14, 2005, at the Parker B. Francis Distinguished Lecture during ACHE’s 48th Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago.

The 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.

Holmes was selected from among 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.

Since 2001, Holmes has served as administrator of Littleton Regional Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital managed by Quorum Health Resources, Inc. Critical Access Hospitals are designed to improve rural healthcare access and reduce hospital closures. CAHs provide essential services to a community and are certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare, which strengthens their financial position within the community.

Prior to joining Littleton, Holmes was chief operating officer of Abilene (TX) Regional Medical Center and vice president for Operations at Abilene Physicians Group. He served as chief executive officer for Richmond (VA) Eye & Ear Hospital from 1996 to 1998. From 1994 to 1996, he held a variety of positions with the Richmond, VA-based Charter Behavioral Health System, including administrative director and assistant administrator of Charter Westbrook Hospital and Charter Charlottesville Hospital.

Holmes is chairman of the Rural Health Coalition of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, established to promote and protect health policy development that benefits rural healthcare in New Hampshire. He is also a member of the Littleton, New Hampshire Model Community Board, which was established by a federal grant to identify and eliminate physical and social barriers for seniors and people with disabilities. In addition, Holmes is board chairman for the North Country United Way and a member the North Country of New Hampshire Transportation Committee. He is a former president of the West Texas Healthcare Executive Group and served as a trustee for the Abilene Regional Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Diplomate, Holmes received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University in New Orleans and his bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from Union College, NY.

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

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