FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cassandra Johnson (214) 288-5471 Local Executive Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential Coppell,TX (August 9, 2009)—Amanda O’Neal, FACHE, president of Coppell-based The Brummitt Group, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. “This certification in healthcare management is a very important milestone for The Brummitt Group,” says O’Neal, who founded the healthcare marketing agency in 2008 after serving many years as an executive at Las Colinas Medical Center. “Healthcare is changing constantly, not only in medical advancements, but in the way healthcare as a business must be managed. The doctors we support are, in essence, business owners themselves, so the more expertise and support that The Brummitt Group can bring to them in managing their businesses, the more time they have to spend doing what they do best – serving their patients.” Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 7,500 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. “Because healthcare management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization,” says Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community.” About ACHE The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead our nation’s 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 4,500 participants each year. ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its members. About The Brummitt Group Founded by Amanda O’Neal in 2008, The Brummitt Group is a healthcare consulting company focusing on physician recruitment, strategic development, and marketing for both hospitals and physician practices. A critical issue facing the healthcare industry today is the limited availability of resources. The Brummitt Group uses industry expertise and knowledge to create innovative strategies to help clients optimize resources and gain the needed edge to succeed in the present competitive marketplace. For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Membership at (312) 424-9400 or, or visit the Credentialing area of For more information on The Brummitt Group, please contact Amanda O’Neal, FACHE, at 214-295-6130 or go to # # #