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CHICAGO, February 18, 2002—Chris Myers, Nicole Paulk, and Christine Dudlak have been named the winners of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2002 Dean Conley Award for their article "Genomics: Implications for Health Systems," published in the Spring 2001 issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management.

The award will be presented on Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon during the American College of Healthcare Executives 45th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

Named for ACHE's executive director from 1942 to 1965, the Dean Conley Award is granted annually by ACHE to recognize contributions to healthcare management literature and to encourage healthcare executives to write and publish articles. "Genomics: Implications for Health Systems" was selected by ACHE's Article of the Year Awards Committee.

In the article, Myers, Paulk, and Dudlak examine how genomics is revolutionizing the way healthcare providers diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases, and how these changes will affect healthcare organizations. The authors predict that, over time, genomics will dramatically change the way healthcare is provided and place pressure on providers to meet increased demand for gene testing and genetic counseling. Based on these predictions, the authors suggest two positions that healthcare organizations can take regarding genomics: they can position themselves in the community as the leader in offering the latest gene-based tests and therapies, or they can establish themselves as a community-based referral service that connects consumers to the latest developments in genomics. The authors also pose several questions about health system processes and functions and how they will evolve to incorporate gene-based testing and therapy.

Myers is director, Tiber Group, LLC, a healthcare strategic management consulting firm in Chicago, and Paulk is director, Corporate Strategy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dudlak, a former consultant for the Tiber Group, is currently sales manager at Chicago Paper Tube and Can Company in Chicago.

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