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PETER S. FINE, FACHE, ELECTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CHICAGO, March 16, 2002—Peter S. Fine, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Banner Health System in Phoenix, Ariz., has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of nearly 30,000 healthcare executives.

Fine took office today at the Council of Regents meeting during ACHE's 45th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. He will serve a four-year term representing ACHE affiliates as a Governor-at-Large on ACHE's Board of Governors, the authority that oversees ACHE operations and member services. ACHE Governors-at-Large represent ACHE affiliates in general and serve to ensure that the composition of the Board reflects diversity in the field of healthcare management.

Fine has been president and chief executive officer of Banner Health System since 2000. A national secular not-for-profit healthcare organization, Banner Health System operates hospitals and an array of other services primarily in Colorado and Arizona, as well as in 12 additional states and in more than 60 communities. Prior to joining Banner Healthcare System, Fine served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee. From 1993 to 1997, he was president, West Allis (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Between 1977 and 1993, Fine served in a variety of senior leadership positions at various healthcare organizations, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Grant Hospital, both located in Chicago, and Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso, Ind. He began his career in 1975 as project coordinator for Group Health Association in Washington, D.C.

Prior to being elected an ACHE Governor, Fine served as the ACHE Regent for Wisconsin from 1995 to 2000. He served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association and is a member of the American Hospital Association. During his career, he has served on the boards of the Hospital Council of the Greater Milwaukee Area, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, Indiana Hospital Association, and the Wisconsin Institute of Family Medicine.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Fine received his master's degree in healthcare administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and his bachelor's degree in general studies from Ohio University in Athens.

CONTACT: Deborah A. Labb, (312) 424-9426

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