The 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives awards take on special significance this year.One of this year's ACHE Gold Medal Award winners—the highest honor the organization bestows—goes to Thomas Dolan, its longtime president and CEO. The profile that follows shows why his leadership of the organization during the past 22 years makes him justly deserving of this prestigious award.
Over the past two decades, Thomas Dolan's dynamic leadership of the American College of Healthcare Executives transformed the professional association by anticipating and responding to the pressing challenges of 21st century healthcare. Dolan gained national and international recognition for his numerous efforts to transform the ACHE during his 22-year tenure as president and CEO. He tirelessly advocated for diversity in the executive ranks and expanded educational opportunities for members while growing the number of local ACHE chapters.
Wayne Lerner has a habit of putting his hospital's community and staff ahead of himself, no matter where he's served in a career that has spanned nearly four decades.
Christina “Tina” Freese-Decker's engineering background makes her ideally suited to chipping away at the challenges that face healthcare systems across the country.Since 2011, the 35-year-old president of 46-bed Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville, Mich., and affiliated 16-bed Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in nearby Lakeview, has devoted her energies to improving a patient-care process by creating a new departmental work-flow structure and taking additional steps to ensure the hospital's physicians and the administration are on the same page operationally.