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WILLIAM C. SCHOENHARD, FACHE, ELECTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CHICAGO, March 16, 2002—William C. Schoenhard, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer for SSM Health Care, St. Louis, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of nearly 30,000 healthcare executives.

Schoenhard took office today at the Council of Regents meeting during ACHE's 45th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. He will serve a four-year term representing ACHE affiliates in District 5 on ACHE's Board of Governors, the authority that oversees ACHE operations and member services. District 5 includes Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Schoenhard has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of SSM Health Care since 1986. SSMHC is one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the United States; it owns, operates, and manages 19 hospitals and three nursing homes in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. Before his current position, Schoenhard served as executive director of SSM St. Joseph Health Center, St. Charles, Mo., and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, Lake St. Louis, Mo., from 1982 to 1986. Prior to that, he held positions as executive director of Arcadia Valley Hospital, Pilot Knobb, Mo., and associate executive director of SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis. Schoenhard began his career as administrative resident at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis in 1974, moving to vice president and director of General Services in 1975.

Prior to being elected an ACHE Governor, Schoenhard served as ACHE Regent for Missouri - Gateway Area from 1997 to 2001. He is chairman of the Missouri Hospital Association and serves on the boards of directors of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Health Alliance of Mid America, Mid America Transplant Services, the Greater St. Louis Division of the American Heart Association, and Lindenwood University.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Schoenhard received his master's degree with honors in healthcare administration from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and his bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

CONTACT: Deborah A. Labb, (312) 424-9426

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