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Leal earns top healthcare management credential

Jorge Leal, FACHE, administrator of ETMC Quitman and ETMC Gilmer, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

jorge "The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important," says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. "By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community."

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare 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/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Leal joined the ETMC Regional Healthcare System in November 2008 as associate administrator of ETMC Gilmer. He was promoted to administrator of that facility in December 2009. He was named administrator of ETMC Quitman in October.

Leal earned both his bachelor's degree in biomedical science and his master's in health administration from Texas A&M University. He serves on the Texas Hospital Association's Leadership Development Council, the Texas A&M University Health Science School of Rural Public Health MHA Alumni Advisory Board and the East Texas American College of Healthcare Executives' Executive Council. He is also a member of the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals, and on the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board 7.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.

TheFoundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs-including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants-and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.