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MARK ALAN HUDSON, FACHE, ELECTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CHICAGO, March 12, 2005—Mark Alan Hudson, FACHE, executive vice president, Cleveland County HealthCare System, Shelby, NC, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives.

Hudson took office today at the Council of Regents Meeting during ACHE’s 48th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hilton Chicago. He will serve a three-year term representing ACHE affiliates on ACHE’s Board of Governors, the authority that oversees ACHE operations and member services.

Hudson has served as executive vice president of Cleveland County HealthCare System since 2003, following a corporate reorganization that integrated the care provided by Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby, NC, and Kings Mountain (NC) Hospital. Hudson is responsible for healthcare enterprise operations as well as development of system-wide programs for corporate compliance, privacy, internal audit, construction, and administrative standards.

Prior to his current position, Hudson served in positions of progressive responsibility at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, NC. He began his career at CRMC as vice president of Ancillary Services in 1983, moved to vice president of Professional Services in 1987, and was promoted to chief operating officer in 1995. In 1999, he served as vice president of Administrative Services during reorganization of the hospital’s move to product line management; he also served as corporate compliance officer. From 2001 to 2003 Hudson was vice president and chief administrative officer in conjunction with hospital-wide reorganization; he moved to executive vice president of CRMC in September 2003, shortly before being named executive vice president of the system.

Prior to being elected an ACHE Governor, Hudson was the ACHE Regent for Western North Carolina from 2001 to 2005. He is adjunct faculty and preceptor of the administrative residency program at Virginia Commonwealth University and has held several leadership positions with the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management. He is a past chairman of the North Carolina Hospital Association District 3 and the Metrolina Healthcare Executives Forum. Hudson has also served on many civic boards, including the Hospice of Cleveland County, Cleveland Ambulatory Services, Cleveland Home Health Agency, and Mental Health Association of Cleveland County. He is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and serves on the board of directors for Crawley Memorial Hospital, Boiling Springs, NC. He is also an active writer, with more than 500 published articles and poems covering a wide variety of topics.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Hudson received his master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, and his bachelor’s degree in American urban studies from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

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

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