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CATSKILL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER PRESS ROOM


CATSKILL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CEO EARNS TOP HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT CREDENTIAL - 05/19/2009

Steve Ruwoldt receives Fellow status from ACHE

May 19, 2009 - Harris, N.Y. - Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Sullivan County's premier provider of health care services, is pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ruwoldt has earned Fellow status from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Ruwoldt stated, "I am privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. It is an honor to now be included among this elite group of professionals." Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction 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/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. "Because healthcare management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization," said Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. "By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders can show they are committed to providing high quality service to their patients and community." Ruwoldt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in July 2007. He has accumulated over 23 years of hospital administration experience. Prior to joining CRMC, he served as President of Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Ruwoldt's hospital administration experience also includes the position of Vice President, Professional Services for Pinnacle Health System and Capital Health System, both in Harrisburg, Pa. He previously held the positions of Cost Control Coordinator and Vice President, Professional Services at Mt. Clemens General Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Ruwoldt holds a Master of Hospital Administration degree from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Pharmacy from Wayne State University. He is currently on the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Lions Club, and a member of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development. The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead our nation's hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as groundbreaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE's publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its members.