Delvecchio Finley was 34 when Harbor-UCLA Medical Center hired him as CEO in 2011, and the hospital was at risk of losing federal funding after several inspections revealed failures to meet CMS requirements.     “Having a major impact quickly like he did is proof that values and work ethic tend to be the major factors that lead to success, more so than just your number of years' experience,” says Dr. Mitchell Katz, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the man who took a chance on hiring Finley.     Finley says he used his age and achievement to demonstrate to his new colleagues that he "clearly is a motivated individual" and "because of that, I don't plan to fail." Listen to Finley tell the story of his impressive rise in a podcast interview.Read profiles of Finley and the ACHE's other 2014 award winners.
Charles Evans founded International Health Services Group after retiring as president HCA's Eastern Group in 2006.     As the Soviet Union was breaking up, Evans was asked to help build infrastructure that included healthcare in the Russian city of Murmansk, the sister city to his home town at the time of Jacksonville, Fla.     “It was the first time I had ever really observed the difference that professional management makes in healthcare,” he said. “It took what had been an intellectual understanding to a very personal understanding.”Read profiles of Evans and the ACHE's other 2014 award winners.
Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder (second from left, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake) is a licensed emergency medical technician, instructor for the American Red Cross and a reserve commander in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Unit.     His attention to working across departments to serve the patient seems to be one of Van Gorder's greatest attributes.      "That's why we're here," Van Gorder said. "If you're in patient financial services or a groundskeeper, we're all patient caregivers. That's a huge responsibility and that's where we're focused."Read profiles of Van Gorder and the ACHE's other 2014 award winners.
As a sophomore at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., William Richardson saw an ad in Life magazine that asked parents, "Should your son be a hospital administrator?"   “I didn't even know there was such a thing,” Richardson says.    He went on to have great influence over that profession, serving as chairman of the Institute of Medicine's committee on quality care. He played critical roles crafting two reports that continue to make waves in the industry: To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.Read profiles of Richardson and the ACHE's other 2014 award winners.