Mark Neaman, president and chief executive officer of NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill., is the recipient of the 2009 Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
The Gold Medal Award, which is the ACHEs highest honor, went to Neaman for his work in building one of the nations first systemwide electronic health-record systems that demonstrably improved quality, safety and efficiency, at the system that was formerly known as Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. The health system, which became NorthShore in September 2008, also launched one of the nations first universal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus surveillance programs under Neaman.
Meanwhile Kevin Unger, president and CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colo., was named the recipient of ACHEs 2009 Robert S. Hudgens Award for young healthcare executive of the year. Unger, who was named a Modern Healthcare Up and Comer in 2007, has seen patient-satisfaction scores improve and hospital-acquired infection rates drop at the hospital under his leadership.
And Donald Wagner was named the recipient of ACHEs 2009 Lifetime Service Award. Wagner began a career in healthcare in 1952 as a physical therapist for the U.S. Air Force, and worked his way through various military and civilian healthcare roles, including a stint as vice president and CEO of Memorial Southwest Hospital, Houston, now known as Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, from 1985 to 1991. He is now a private consultant.
The awards will be presented March 23 and 24 during ACHEs 52nd Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.