Danny P. Coats, FACHE, vice president of operations, Mercy Hospital Ada, recently became a Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.
Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development in the organization. In fact, only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, meet academic and experiential criteria, earn continuing education credits and demonstrate professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.
“Danny’s commitment to earning board certification from ACHE displays his investment in advancing as a health care professional,” said Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma and Chair of ACHE. “ACHE doesn’t make it easy to earn this status so we’re very proud of Danny, and look forward to all the resources he channels from ACHE to Mercy Hospital Ada and the Ada community. This certification is good for all of us.”
Coats joined Valley View Regional Hospital, now Mercy Hospital Ada, in 2007 and has nearly 20 years of health care experience. He began his career in speech pathology and holds a bachelor’s degree from OU Health Sciences Center, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from OU Health Sciences Center and a master’s degree in human resources administration from East Central University. Maintaining certification in VitalStim and Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques, Coats also holds a license with Oklahoma Speech Pathology and has his American Speech and Hearing Association Certification.
Coats is privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in health care management and ACHE Fellow Status.