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ACHE Announces Award Winners: Gold Medal, Lifetime Service and Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Awards

CHICAGO, Jan. 13, 2012—The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) announces the following 2012 award winners: Alyson Pitman Giles, FACHE, and MG David A. Rubenstein, FACHE, recipients of the Gold Medal Award; Michael C. Waters, LFACHE, recipient of the Lifetime Service Award; and Donald P. Fesko, FACHE, recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.

Giles, who is immediate past president and CEO of CMC Healthcare System, Manchester, N.H., won the Gold Medal Award in the category of healthcare delivery organization, and Rubenstein, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, and chief of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, won in the category of nondelivery healthcare organization. Both won for making significant contributions to the healthcare field.

The Gold Medal Award is ACHE’s highest honor bestowed on outstanding leaders. The purpose of this award is to identify Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial and national levels. The Gold Medal Award recognizes individuals who go beyond the confines of their own organization to continually contribute to the improvement of healthcare services and community health.

Giles served as Governor from 2004 to 2006 and as Chairman-Elect, Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman from 2006 to 2009. She is a member of ACHE’s Counselors Committee and Voluntary Giving Committee.

Rubenstein served as Governor from 2002 to 2006 and as Chairman-Elect, Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman from 2007 to 2010. He is a member of ACHE’s Counselors Committee and Voluntary Giving Committee.

Giles and Rubenstein will receive their awards on Monday, March 19, 2012, at the Opening Session during ACHE’s 55th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Waters was president and CEO of Hendrick Health System in Abilene, Texas for 24 years, retiring from there in 2004. Waters, who joined ACHE in 1965 and became a Fellow in 1978, won the Lifetime Service Award for making substantial contributions to ACHE during his career. The Lifetime Service Award was established in 2000. It is awarded to a Life Fellow or Retired Fellow who has made significant contributions to ACHE through elected office, has served on ACHE committees or task forces and has participated in ACHE activities, independent chapters or affiliated groups. Waters served as Governor from 1994 to 1999 and as Chairman-Elect, Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman from 1999 to 2002. He is currently on the Counselors Committee. Waters will receive his award Monday, March 19, 2012, at the Arthur C. Bachmeyer Memorial Address and Luncheon during ACHE’s 55th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Fesko is CEO of Community Hospital, Munster, Ind. Fesko won the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year for outstanding achievement in the field of healthcare management. The award is given to an exceptional healthcare executive who is less than 40 years old, is a Fellow of ACHE and holds a CEO or COO position in a healthcare organization. Fesko will receive his award on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE’s 55th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

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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