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Garth Pierce

Garth Pierce

By Tracey Fuller  |  March 27, 2006

Garth Pierce was more than pleasantly surprised when he was named recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives' Lifetime Service Award. "I didn't even think my name would be mentioned for the award," says Pierce, who is now retired. Pierce began as a student associate of the ACHE in 1966, and became an ACHE Life Fellow while an international affiliate of the college, which he has been for the past 40 years.

Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders

By Tracey Fuller  |  March 27, 2006

Larry Sanders, recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2006 Gold Medal Award, got an early start in healthcare by working in a hospital 40 hours a week as a high school student. The field wasn't his first career choice, however.While obtaining his business degree from the University of Tennessee, Sanders, 55, says a mentor gave him "pretty good insight" that he "wasn't a good accountant."Sanders credits a "wise professor" for directing him to hospital administration; he later received his master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at...

Randall Tobias

Randall Tobias

By Tracey Fuller  |  March 27, 2006

Ambassador Randall Tobias, U.S. global AIDS coordinator, has been selected as an honorary fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The award comes shortly after President Bush announced his intention to name Tobias as the nation's first director of U.S. foreign assistance and to nominate him as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.Tobias, 64, started in healthcare as chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Co. 13 years ago, and before that served as chairman and CEO of AT&T International. Before his appointment as the first U.S. global AIDS...

Dan Jones Jr.

Dan Jones Jr.

March 27, 2006

Dan Jones Jr., recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2006 Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for young healthcare executive of the year, says he always knew he had an affinity for the healthcare business. Jones, 36, chief executive officer of 213-bed Independence (Mo.) Regional Health Center, and 123-bed Medical Center of Independence, grew up in a healthcare-oriented family with a pharmacist father.

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