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VP/CNO Julia Yawn Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

3/19/2014


Julia Yawn, RMC Vice President of Patient & Family Services / Chief Nursing Officer

Julia K. Yawn, vice president of Patient and Family Services/CNO of the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“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,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer 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.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 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.

Yawn is privileged to use the FACHE® credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Yawn joined the Regional Medical Center family as director of Patient Safety in 2003, after retiring as a colonel in the US Air Force with more than 22 years of nursing and leadership experience. She has served in her current role at RMC since 2008 and has a total of more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Additionally, Yawn is very active in her community and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Lowcountry AHEC, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, and on several advisory boards for nursing education.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400, by emailing contact@ache.org, or visit ache.org/FACHE.

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About the American College of Healthcare Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.

About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties (RMC)
The Regional Medical Center, in Orangeburg, S.C., is a 286-bed, acute-care facility, employing more than 1,200 healthcare professionals. Serving Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas, RMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and has Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. RMC offers a 24-hour emergency department and a full-range of high-quality medical services such as same day surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, cardiology, cancer care, dialysis access and the latest in diagnostic imaging.

The Regional Medical Center also operates nine Primary Care practices, an Occupational Medicine practice, three Cardiology practices, an Orthopaedics practice, two Surgery practices, an Internal Medicine practice, an Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology practice and an Obstetrics/Gynecology practice, as well as after-hours Urgent Care with physician, lab and X-Ray in Santee and Bamberg. RMC’s Mobile Services van provides digital mammography and other screenings throughout the region.

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