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Kenneth J. Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE, Elected to American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents

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Kenneth J. Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE, Elected to  American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents

Kenneth J. Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE, President & CEO, Opelousas General Health System, has been elected to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas.

Dr. Cochran will take office March 20, 2021, prior to ACHE’s 64th Congress on Healthcare Leadership. As a Regent, he will represent ACHE’s membership throughout Louisiana.

He has served as President & CEO of Opelousas General Health System since July 1, 2015. Prior to this position, Dr. Cochran was President & CEO at River Valley Health Partners, a multi-institutional system in East Liverpool, Ohio, as well as, CEO of Cibola General Hospital in Grants, New Mexico.

Dr. Cochran has served in leadership positions within ACHE such as Program Committee Chair, CEO Committee, Credentials Committee, and President of the New Mexico ACHE Chapter. He currently serves on the Louisiana Hospital Association Board of Directors, LHA Research and Education Foundation, Vision St. Landry Board, and the OGHS Foundation Board. He is the immediate past Chair of the St. Landry Parish Chamber of Commerce.

Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Dr. Cochran is a member of the American Hospital Association Clinical Leadership Committee and the Center for Health Organization Transformation.

Dr. Cochran received his Doctoral Degree of Science in Healthcare System Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Troy State University.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance our members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 77 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 vision of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to improving health.

About Opelousas General Health System

Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards. Central to the success of OGHS's commitment for excellence is the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians, nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in a caring environment. Serving as the region's referral medical center, OGHS is a 197-bed, full service medical center, and the area's most comprehensive community health care facility offering a wide range of medical specialties and state-of-the-art technology. Visit us at