Compass Clinical Group Executive Mark Hannahan Named American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - June 26, 2009) - Mark D. Hannahan, FACHE, Vice President, Interim Services, Compass Group, Inc. (, Cincinnati, OH, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (, 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," says 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 that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community."

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 7,500 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.

Hannahan of Compass Group, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH is privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. Regarding this honor, he says, "I am extremely pleased to receive this prestigious credential and feel it will strengthen my ability to assist our clients. The rigorous FACHE credentialing process required I become well-versed in all aspects of hospital operations, including human resources, quality and performance management, ethics, organizational structure, and financial knowledge. This helps me to better understand our clients' needs and craft creative solutions to help improve their hospitals."

About ACHE

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. For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Membership at (312) 424-9400 or


Compass Group Clinical Consulting is a healthcare consultancy founded in 1979 based in Cincinnati, OH. Compass Group consultants have helped hundreds of hospitals and health systems prepare for accreditation, optimize labor cost management, manage clinical resources, and improve patient flow and physician relations. Compass Clinical Consulting also places interim healthcare executives and clinical directors.

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