March 22 2005 - LAIRD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CEO ACHIEVES TOP HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT STATUS

Press Release - March 22, 2005
LAIRD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CEO ACHIEVES TOP HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT STATUS

 
For Immediate Release

March 22, 2005

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LAIRD MEMORIAL CEO EARNS TOP HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT STATUS

KILGORE, TX – Bob S. Ellzey, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Laird Memorial Hospital, recently advanced to Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of 30,000 health care executives.

The American College of Healthcare Executives recognized Ellzey during the Convocation Ceremony on March 13, held during the organization’s annual Congress on Health Management in Chicago. Fellow status is the highest level of professional achievement in ACHE. Only 17 healthcare executives in Texas advanced to Fellow status in 2004.

“To achieve this status is an accomplishment and an honor,” said Ellzey. “I am privileged to use the “FACHE” designation, which indicates board certification in health care management and ACHE Fellow status. I look forward to working with my FACHE peers to learn new ways to improve health care, not only at Laird Memorial Hospital, but all across America.”

To obtain Fellow status, candidates must demonstrate their education, experience and leadership in the health care field for several years. They must also complete case studies or a thesis on a health care management topic or participate in a yearlong mentorship project.

“ACHE Fellowship is more meaningful than ever before,” says Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president and chief administrative officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler. “At a time when corporate responsibility is challenged daily, our communities can believe in healthcare leaders who have earned the prestigious FACHE credential.”

Bob Ellzey received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Baylor University, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston in Clear Lake. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Ellzey is Vice Chairman of the East Texas Chapter of American College Healthcare Executives.

He is a member of the Kilgore Lions Club, serves on the Board of Directors of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, and is a deacon at First Baptist Church of Kilgore.

Ellzey previously served as Vice President of Healthcare Operations for TeleCare International in Houston; Chief Executive officer of Bellville General Hospital in Bellville, Texas; and Assistant Vice President of Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead the nation’s hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare operations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Management, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year.

Laird Memorial Hospital is a non-profit corporation that is governed by a local board of directors through a lease operating agreement with VHA Southwest Community Health Corporation of Dallas. In addition, the Hospital is an affiliate of Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler.

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