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March 28, 2007

Local Executive Earns Top Health Care Management Credential

Timothy Gaillard, senior assistant director of Patient-Centered and Support Services at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

"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 Dolan, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of ACHE. "By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community."

Gaillard received a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism studies, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He received a Master of Science degree in business administration from Boston University.

Before beginning his service at UI Hospitals and Clinics in January 2005, Gaillard held various positions with Palmetto Health in Columbia, including serving as director of Engineering Services in their flagship 649-bed teaching hospital. Prior to his work with Palmetto, he served six years with the United States Army, working primarily in biomedical engineering at Womack Army Medical Center in North Carolina, the 98th General Hospital in Nurnburg, Germany, the 34th General Hospital in Augsburg, Germany, and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado.

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

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, contact the ACHE Division of membership at 312-424-9400 or, or visit the "credentialing" section at

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