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ACHE Announces Karen Davis, PhD, as Honorary Fellow

CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2012—Karen Davis, PhD, president, The Commonwealth Fund, New York, has been selected as an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Honorary Fellowship is a special category of ACHE membership. It recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished service in the healthcare field or in related areas and who would not normally be ACHE members. Davis will receive her Honorary Fellowship on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the Convocation Ceremony during ACHE’s 55th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Davis, who joined The Commonwealth Fund in 1992 as executive vice president and became president in 1995, has led the organization’s efforts to improve the performance of the nation’s healthcare system. An outspoken advocate of the need for affordable healthcare for everyone and the benefits of community care, Davis has published a number of significant books, monographs and articles on health and social policy issues. In addition, she serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Geographic Variation in Healthcare Spending and was elected to the IOM in 1975, where she served two terms on its governing council. She also serves on Geisinger Health System’s board of directors and was a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Davis began her career in 1968 as assistant professor of economics at Rice University, Houston. She served from 1970 to 1977 at The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., as a researcher and senior fellow, with a one-year (1974 to 1975) leave of absence as visiting lecturer at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. From 1977 to 1981 she served with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., first as deputy assistant secretary for Planning and Evaluation in charge of health policy and then as head of the Health Resources Administration. From 1981 to 1992 she served as chairman of the department of health policy and management at the School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, with a joint appointment as professor of economics at the university.

Davis has received numerous awards for her exceptional service to the healthcare field. She was awarded the Institute of Medicine Adam Yarmolinksy Medal in 2007 and the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award in 2006.

Davis earned a doctorate in economics in 1969 and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics in 1964, both from Rice University.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.


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