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Berton Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

Berton.Jim ASHLAND, KY — King’s Daughters congratulates Strategic Planning director Jim Berton, who recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

KDMC president/CEO Fred Jackson, Operations vice president Bob Lucas, also have achieved Fellow status, which 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.

“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, president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow, healthcare leaders show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community.”

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

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