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Two Deaconess Leaders Earn Top Credential

EVANSVILLE, IN – Deaconess Health System announced that two of its leaders have been named Fellows of the American College of Health Care Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders
James Porter, MD, FACHE, vice president of quality and chief medical officer, and Thomas W. Davidson, MD, FACHE, medical director of community practices, recently earned the honors.

“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,” 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, health care 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. Only 7,500 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 FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Membership at (312) 424-9400 or, or visit the Credentialing area of