BMH executives earn top health care management credentials

Blount Memorial Hospital administrator Joseph Dawson, associate administrator Don Heinemann and assistant administrator Jane Nelson recently were named fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

“Because health care management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization,” said American College of Healthcare Executives president and chief executive officer Thomas Dolan. “By becoming an ACHE fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, health care leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and communities.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development and is held by only 7,500 health care executives nationwide. 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 also are committed to ongoing professional development and must undergo recertification every three years.

Dawson has served as the hospital’s administrator since 1985. He received a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College in Maryville in 1969 and master’s degree in health care administration from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 1974.

Heinemann has served as an associate administrator since 1988. He is responsible for areas including construction and facilities; food and nutrition; rehabilitation; radiology; the laboratories; and the Cancer Center. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg in 1981 and a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1984.

Nelson has served as an assistant administrator at the hospital since 1988 and is responsible for areas including the Good Samaritan Clinic, the Emotional Health & Recovery Center, Counseling and CONCERN, Business Health and the Wellness Center at Springbrook; marketing and public relations; human resources; volunteer services; and community and senior outreach. Additionally, Nelson negotiates managed care contracts. She received a bachelor’s degree in business and consumer studies from State University College at Buffalo in N.Y. in 1978 and master’s degree in health care administration from the University of South Carolina College of Health in Columbia in 1981.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 health care executives who lead the country’s hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations.

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