March 16, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Judy L. Spinella, Fellow American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Chief Nursing Officer, University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH), has been elected to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which serves as the link between ACHE and affiliates by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas.

Spinella will take office at the Council of Regents meeting March 17, 2007, during ACHE’s 50th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in New Orleans. As a Regent, Spinella will represent ACHE’s membership in New Mexico.

Spinella has served as Chief Nursing Officer at UNMH since 2005. Prior to joining UNMH, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gunnison Valley Hospital, Gunnison, Colo., and before that served as Vice President for Operations at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Board-certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Spinella is also a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She also has numerous publications and has been a frequent speaker on various healthcare topics.

Spinella received her master’s degree in business administration from The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, master’s degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University, and bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas.

American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. It is also known for its journals, the Journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers of Health Services Management, and its magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE"s publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its members.