Hospital chief executive officers might dream of receiving a sharp salute from their employees and having their orders carried out the moment they are spoken, but Lt. Col. Jessie Tucker III says running an Army hospital isn’t that easy.Tucker, the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2007 Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for young healthcare executive of the year, is the first active-duty military officer to receive the award.
ACHE Awards - 2007
Jack Bovender, a longtime HCA executive who has been the for-profit hospital chain's chief executive officer since 2001, isn't sure why he is being singled out for honors now, but he thinks it may have to do with helicopters. It was Bovender who authorized a heroic mission to rescue patients and staff from Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans, an HCA affiliate, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Diane Peterson, winner of an American College of Healthcare Executives 2007 Gold Medal Award, has seen a lot of hospitals. She often tours them from a gurney or a wheelchair.