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KHALIQ, WALSTON, MATTACHIONE, AND THOMPSON RECEIVE ACHE'S
2004 HEALTH MANAGEMENT RESEARCH AWARD

CHICAGO, July 16, 2004—As winners of the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2004 Health Management Research Award, Amir A. Khaliq, Ph.D.; Stephen L. Walston, Ph.D.; Steven E. Mattachione, J.D., CPA, FHFMA; and David M. Thompson, Ph.D., will receive $10,000 to undertake a study titled "The Impact of Hospital CEO Turnover in U.S. Hospitals."

Their research will explore how CEO turnover affects hospitals in such areas as financial performance, service mix, quality of care, employee morale, and relationship with the community. In addition, their research will determine what proportion of CEO turnover is reported as voluntary and will examine what activities were initiated or suspended in an effort to deal with the effects of the previous CEO's departure and the new CEO's arrival.

Using a Web-based instrument, the researchers will survey hospital chief executive officers and board chairs to determine their views of the effects of CEO turnover. To further examine the impact of CEO turnover on hospital performance, the researchers will link their final survey data to performance indicators from annual surveys conducted by the American Hospital Association. Their research results will be available in late 2005.

ACHE introduced the Health Management Research Award in 1988 to enhance managerial effectiveness and/or career opportunities in health services administration. It is awarded annually through monies left to the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives by the late Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. The award is granted to ACHE affiliates who are full-time faculty of health administration programs. Selections for the award are made by ACHE's nine-member Higher Education and Research Committee.

All four researchers are associated with the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Khaliq is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy. A Faculty Associate of ACHE, he earned his doctoral degree in health administration from the University of Toronto and his master's degrees in public health and health services from the Universities of London and California. Walston is an associate professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy. A Faculty Associate of ACHE, he earned his doctoral degree in management and healthcare systems from the Wharton School and his master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University.

Mattachione serves as visiting associate professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy and is currently vice president of Enterprise Resource Planning for the Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Louis. He previously served as vice president and chief financial officer of Mercy Health System of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Mattachione earned his law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles. Thompson is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. He earned his doctoral degree in biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives who lead our nation's hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Management, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE's publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its members.

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CONTACTS:
Amir A. Khaliq, Ph.D., (405) 271-2115, ext. 37073