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CHICAGO, February 28, 2004—Kenneth D. Graham, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, WA, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives.

Graham took office today at the Council of Regents Meeting during ACHE's 47th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. He will serve a three-year term representing ACHE affiliates on ACHE's Board of Governors, the authority that oversees ACHE operations and member services.

Graham has served as president and chief executive officer of Overlake Hospital Medical Center since 1994. A 257-bed freestanding nonprofit hospital, Overlake has received a number of awards, including a 1998 Nova Award for community health efforts from the American Hospital Association. In 2000, the hospital was named one of the Top 100 "Most Wired" Hospitals by Hospitals and Health Networks and one of the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Solucient.

From 1990 to 1994, Graham was president and chief executive officer of Saint Louise Hospital and Health Center in Morgan Hill, CA. From 1983 to 1990, he held a number of other executive positions in the Los Altos Hills, CA-based Daughters of Charity National Health System—West Region, including senior vice president, Operations; senior vice president, Administration; and vice president, Administration. Prior to joining Daughters of Charity, Graham served as associate administrator of Grossmont District Hospital, La Mesa, CA. He began his executive career at Long Beach (CA) Community Hospital as an administrative resident and was later named assistant executive director.

Prior to being elected an ACHE Governor, Graham was the ACHE Regent for Washington from 2000 to 2004. Currently, he serves on the board of the Washington State Hospital Association as an ACHE representative and also serves on the boards of directors of the American Heart Association Northwest Region, First Choice Health Network, Partners for a Healthier Community, and the Heart Institute of Puget Sound. In addition, he serves as volunteer executive director of both RotaCare Free Clinics and RotaCare Puget Sound and is a member of the King County Health Care Advisory Panel and the Red Cross Leadership Council, Seattle.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Graham received his master's degree in public health with a concentration in hospital administration and his bachelor's degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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