Daniel E. Neufelder, FACHE Receives ACHE Regent Award
09 / 26 / 2012
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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APPLETON, Wis.–Daniel E. Neufelder, FACHE, president of Affinity Health System and senior vice president for hospital operations for Ministry Health Care received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award at the recent American College of Healthcare Executives Wisconsin Chapter Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.
The award was bestowed on Mr. Neufelder by Mark Hamilton, ACHE’s Regent for Wisconsin and Vice President of Ambulatory Operations for University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes affiliates who are experienced in the field and have significantly contributed toward the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of the goals of ACHE.
Affiliates are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community, participation in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities, participation in civic/community activities and projects, and participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.
Neufelder was named president of Affinity Health System in 2006. Under Neufelder’s leadership Affinity has seen market share improvement and more highly engaged employees. Affinity has been named for five consecutive years as a one of the Top Performing Health Systems in the country. Earlier this year Dan was also named senior vice president for hospital operations for Ministry Health Care.
Neufelder holds Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer of Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Prior to serving in South Bend, Dan served as senior vice president and physician referral team leader for Community Hospital in Indianapolis. Dan is an ACHE Past-Regent from Indiana and supports the Chapter through the Leadership Development Program. He is also involved locally in the United Way and Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. He is also the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
Neufelder holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 38,000 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 7,000 participants each year.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.