When David Stark started his first job in top management—interim chief executive officer of a rural hospital in Iowa—he thought he could hear some silent snickering, even though everyone was the soul of courtesy. But he understood—after all, he was only 25.
It’s rare that the American College of Healthcare Executives awards two gold medals in one year, and if the second is awarded it goes to someone who has made major contributions to healthcare administration without being primarily a healthcare administrator.
Mark Howard has worked in just about every kind of hospital there is: military hospitals in Vietnam and Thailand, a teaching hospital in California, a succession of not-for-profit hospitals during a 21-year career with Intermountain Healthcare, and, most recently, 235-bed MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, an HCA facility. He remembers when MountainView’s site was an open field, and has been at its helm since the day it opened in 1995. “We’ve delivered 27,000 babies here,” he says. “That’s a small city’s worth.”
Francis Cronin Jr., a former American College of Healthcare Executives chairman, will receive the ACHE Lifetime Achievement Award, given to executives who have made substantial contributions to the organization during their careers.“Francis helped form the young administrators network in New York and New Jersey and has mentored a lot of people,” says Thomas Dolan, president and chief executive officer of the ACHE.