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, 65, 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.
During his tenure at the ACHE, Pierce has served in a number of leadership roles including ACHE regent, governor and chairman, all for Ontario.
A Canada native, Pierce was a fellow of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, chairman of the Canadian Healthcare Association, vice chairman of the Ontario Hospital Association and for 20 years was a surveyor for the Canadian Council on Health Facilities Accreditation.
"I have an inviting love for the field," Pierce says. "I liked to share my thoughts and concerns with colleagues and peers; it's like a hobby of mine."
A father of two who also work in healthcare, Pierce started his career after receiving his master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Toronto.
Pierce was an administrative resident at Oakville (Ontario)-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in 1966, and later served as president and chief executive officer of Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario.
He ended his career in 1999, stepping down after one year as president of Quinte Health Care Corp., a 219-bed system in Belleville, Ontario.