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Aug. 17, 2007

O'Deen Earns Top Health Care Management Credential

Amy O'Deen, senior assistant director at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will be recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) during the organization's convocation ceremony in Chicago in March 2008.

ACHE is 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 Thomas Dolan, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of ACHE. "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 community."

O'Deen has served UI Hospitals and Clinics in several administrative posts since 1983 after beginning her service there as a registered nurse in 1980. She holds a master's degree in hospital administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, both earned at the UI.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only about 5,400 health care 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.

For more information regarding the ACHE fellowship, contact the ACHE Division of membership at 312-424-9400 or, or visit the credentialing area of the organization's Web site at

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