A Rainy Lake Medical Center director recently achieved a gold standard for board certification in health management.

Andrea Pastor, RLMC Director of Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives, became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. According to ACHE, healthcare leaders who obtain the FACHE credential signify their competency, commitment to service, and recognition as an esteemed leader.

“We are incredibly proud of Andrea and the dedication she has shown to RLMC and the Borderland community through achieving the FACHE credential,” said Brian Rauzi, RLMC chief operating officer. “This recognition is no small feat, and RLMC is incredibly fortunate to have Andrea on our team.”

Dick Peterson, chairperson of the RLMC Board of Trustees, agreed.

“Andrea has shown she is committed to the continued success of RLMC,” he said. “We highly value continued education and advancement at RLMC. On behalf of the board, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Andrea for this accomplishment.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 8,866 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education hours, demonstrating professional/community involvement and passing a comprehensive examination. Fellows also are committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” said Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

Pastor of Rainy Lake Medical Center is privileged to bear the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.