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Published on March 08, 2013

Ekeren Named To ACHE Executive Council Of Regents

CHICAGO, March 9, 2013-Douglas R. Ekeren, FACHE, Vice President Professional and Regional Services, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services, and activities within their respective areas.

Ekeren will take office at the Council of Regents meeting March 9, 2013, during ACHE's 56th Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hilton Chicago. As a Regent, Ekeren will represent ACHE's membership in South Dakota.

Ekeren has served as a vice president at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital since 1993. Prior to joining Avera Sacred Heart, he was the chief executive office at Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Viborg.  He has served on the boards of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, Yankton School District, and Yankton Transit.

Ekeren is board certified in healthcare management, and received his master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota, and his bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration from the University of South Dakota.

***The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 35,000 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 society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation 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 4,500 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.