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CHICAGO, March 15, 2003—Twenty-eight healthcare executives have been elected or appointed to serve as Regents for the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of nearly 30,000 healthcare executives.

The Regents took office today at the Council of Regents meeting during ACHE's 2003 Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hilton Chicago. All board certified in healthcare management, these Regents will serve three-year terms representing ACHE affiliates in their respective jurisdictions; interim Regents will serve one-year terms. Following are the new Regents and the jurisdictions they represent:

  • Air Force - Western Region - Lt Col Kent R. Helwig, USAF, MSC, FACHE, commander, 3rd Medical Support Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK
  • Alabama - Charlie Faulkner, FACHE, president, Baptist Princeton Medical Center, Birmingham
  • Alaska - Edward H. Lamb, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage
  • Arkansas - Phillip K. Gilmore, FACHE, senior vice president, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock
  • Army - Western Region - Samuel D. Franco, FACHE, Colonel, U.S. Army, deputy commander for Administration, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA
  • California - Sierra Pacific - Corwin N. Harper, CHE, medical group administrator and director of Hospital Operations, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fresno
  • Western Canada - John Vogelzang, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, David Thompson Health Region, Red Deer, Alberta (Interim Regent)
  • Delaware - Joan G. Thomas, R.N., CHE, senior vice president, Administration, Christiana Care Health System, Newark
  • Eastern Florida - Phillip D. Robinson, FACHE, chief executive officer, JFK Medical Center, Atlantis
  • Southern Florida - Zeff Ross, FACHE, administrator, Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Pines
  • Georgia - Coastal Plains - Donald R. Avery, FACHE, senior vice president, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Inc.
  • Hawaii/Guam - Richard E. Meiers, CHE, president and chief executive officer, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • Idaho - Carolyn S. Corbett, R.N., FACHE, vice president, Patient Care Services, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise
  • Southern Indiana - David R. Doerr, CHE, president and chief executive officer, Union Hospital, Inc., Terre Haute
  • Kansas - Thomas F. Spindler, FACHE, senior vice president and executive officer, VHA Mid-America, Overland Park
  • Maryland - William P. McMahon, FACHE, senior vice president, Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore
  • Eastern Massachusetts - Normand E. Deschene, FACHE, president, Lowell General Hospital
  • Montana - John H. Solheim, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, St. Peter's Hospital, Helena
  • New Hampshire - Henry D. Lipman, FACHE, executive vice president and chief financial officer, LRGHealthcare, Laconia
  • New Mexico - Wm. Boyd Kleefisch, FACHE, president, Focused Healthcare Consultants, Albuquerque
  • New York - Bridges Area - Adam K. Weinstein, CHE, regional administrator, Clinical Services, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, Jamaica
  • North Dakota - Tim C. Cox, FACHE, president, Northland Healthcare Alliance, Bismarck
  • Oregon - James A. Diegel, FACHE, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Central Oregon Community Hospital, Redmond
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania - Area A - Richard J. Cohen, Ph.D., FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation
  • Rhode Island - Marie K. Koppa, FACHE, vice president, External Affairs, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket
  • East Texas - Elmer G. Ellis, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Tyler (Interim Regent)
  • Virginia - Area B - Teresa L. Edwards, FACHE, executive administrator, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Associates, Richmond
  • West Virginia - Wayne B. Griffith, FACHE, chief executive officer, St. Joseph's Hospital of Buckhannon, Inc.

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