Wallace receives prestigious Regent's Award
AUSTIN ‑- It's been a notable year for ETMC Athens Administrator Pat Wallace. In addition to guiding one of the premiere rural hospitals in the nation, he just completed a term as chairman of the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He has been reappointed by the lieutenant governor to the Executive Committee of the Office for Rural Community Affairs.
And Wednesday, he received the Senior Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. ACHE is an international professional society of nearly 30,000 healthcare executives.
"It has been my privilege to know Pat and his wife Carol over a period of almost 20 years," said presenter Elmer G. Ellis, president and CEO of ETMC Regional Healthcare System and an ACHE Regent. "During that time, I have seen firsthand his dedication to Texas healthcare, to THA and to ACHE."
The Regent's Award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have significantly contributed to the advancement of excellence in healthcare management and the achievement of ACHE's mission and goals.
"This is a terrific honor," said Wallace shortly after the presentation ceremony. "I'm fortunate that, throughout more than 30 years in hospital administration, my involvement in organizations like the American College of Healthcare Executives has been not only permitted but encouraged.
"And I'm so very fortunate to have spent the last 18 years serving the people of Henderson County at ETMC Athens."
In addition to having served as administrator at ETMC Athens since 1988, Wallace's career in healthcare management includes hospitals in San Antonio, Palacios and Graham. He holds a master's degree in Health Services Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio and is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
"As East Texas Regent," said Ellis, "I would like to commend Pat for his spirit of service, which has touched all of us here today."