Mercy VP is Up-and-Comer in Elite Organization

January 18, 2013

Kevin Rash, MPT, FACHE, vice president of operations at Mercy Hospital Springfield, received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's Award at the Missouri Hospital Association's 90th Annual Convention in Lake Ozark, Mo., which was held last fall.

The Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's Award recognizes ACHE members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health care management excellence and achievement of ACHE’s goals.

For the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's Award, members are evaluated on leadership ability; innovative and creative management; executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community; participation in local, state or provincial hospital and health association activities; participation in civic and community activities and projects; participation in ACHE activities; and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

Mercy Hospital Springfield’s chief nursing officer, Linda Knodel, nominated Rash for this award. “I nominated Kevin based on his incredible zest for Mercy and health care excellence, his testimony to his community and family as well as his desire to grow professionally through his ACHE activities in the nation’s premier professional society for health care executives who are dedicated to improving health care delivery.”

Rash, whose background is in physical therapy, just recently became a Fellow of the ACHE. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 8,500 health care executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional and community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. Rash is privileged to now use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in health care management and ACHE Fellow status.

Additionally, Rash and Knodel have been elected to Missouri Healthcare Executive Group’s (MOHEG) board of directors. The MOHEG is an independent chapter of the ACHE that provides members with educational programs focused on cutting-edge topics relevant to health care professionals. MOHEG is devoted to the concepts of networking and collegiality among its members and provides executives with a unique opportunity for professional development.


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