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Hammes Company executives to share ambulatory success strategies

BROOKFIELD, Wis., Feb. 25, 2013 – Hammes Company, one of the nation’s leading healthcare consulting firms, today announced that Mark Coughlin and Lindsley Withey will be featured speakers at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership, to be held March 11-14 at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The annual conference, expected to draw 4,500 attendees, focuses on advancing healthcare management excellence. 

Mr. Coughlin and Ms. Withey’s 1.5 hour presentation, “Successful Strategies to Align Physicians with a Strategic Ambulatory Plan” will take place March 13 at 4:15 p.m. and March 14 at 9:00 a.m. in Room #102A, Northwest 2, Lower Level, Hilton Chicago. During this seminar, the audience will be provided with analytical tools to assess the physician environment, a decision framework to prioritize and target physicians with which to align, and successful strategies and tactics to achieve that alignment in a “mixed model” environment that includes both employed and independent physicians.

"Hammes Company looks forward to joining the members of this year's Congress on Healthcare Leadership to share successful strategies we've learned in our long history as a leader in ambulatory planning," said Mr. Coughlin. "The tools and strategies which we will present are certain to offer a wide variety of valuable information to attendees representing diverse operating models."

Mr. Couglin leads the Advisory Services group of Hammes Company and has been involved in healthcare for more than 23 years. He has worked both in consulting roles and on the provider side with a hospital system and a physician practice management company. During the past five years, Mr. Coughlin has led the development of more than 20 ambulatory plans for a wide variety of clients and markets, with physician integration strategies a key component of those plans. He is a member of ACHE, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD).

"We are proud to gather with fellow ACHE members and present Hammes Company's findings at this distinguished annual event," Ms. Withey added. "The educational programs at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership have long been a great resource to all who attend."

Ms. Withey, an Account Executive with Hammes Company, is responsible for all aspects of business development, relationship management, strategic and facility planning, and physician alignment strategies for hospitals, health systems and communities. With more than 14 years of experience in healthcare administration, her career has been focused in the areas of provider, payor, project management and strategic planning. Ms. Withey was the former president of ACHE’s Colorado chapter, and the 2012 recipient of ACHE’s Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award, which recognizes ACHE members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence. 

About ACHE

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 improve 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 4,500 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. For additional information,

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