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25H – Lessons From Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award Winners

Monday, March 23rd

About the Session

Former recipients of the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year will discuss critical issues they face in their current positions and how healthcare executives can prepare to address those issues. Established by the Alumni/ae Association of the Department of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University as a tribute to Robert S. Hudgens, ACHE’s first vice president, an elected office, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of healthcare management and is given to an exceptional healthcare executive who is younger than 40, is a Fellow of ACHE and holds a CEO or COO position in a healthcare organization. Each speaker will address how ACHE, in general, and how receiving the Hudgens Award, specifically, helped to prepare them as leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore real-time leadership challenges and successful strategies for addressing them.
  • Learn from industry leaders about the value of continuing education and the benefits of remaining connected to ACHE.


Presented By

Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE

Managing Director
Navigant Consulting

Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE

Executive Vice President/COO, Hospital Division
WellStar Health System

Nicholas R. Tejeda, FACHE

Group CEO
The Hospitals of Providence

Kevin L. Unger, PhD, FACHE

President / CEO
UCHealth-Poudre Valley Hospital / Medical Center of the Rockies