The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has recently re-certified Richard Gargagliano, chief operating and fiscal officer of Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, as a Fellow.

This is the highest credential offered by the college and those who earn it have demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards in the profession of healthcare manage and have indicated a commitment to excellence in the field. It is considered a board certification in healthcare management.

Gargagliano, of Warrenton, Va., earned his Bachelor of Science degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts and his Master of Science degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He joined the equine medical center in 1987 and served as its chief financial officer for many years. Gargagliano, who has almost 35 years of hospital and health care management experience, was recently named chief operating and fiscal officer and has assumed direct responsibility for the implementation of strategies designed to ensure that the center meets a series of revenue development and cost-containment goals.

“Mr. Gargagliano’s achievement speaks well of his competencies and his dedication to his profession,” noted Dr. Nathaniel A. White II, the Jean Ellen Shehan Professor of Equine Medicine and director of the equine medical center. “This achievement is not only something he can be very proud of, but it offers added value and benefit to the [equine medical center], its patients, and its clients,” he added.

The ACHE, founded in 1933, is an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives who lead the 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 Management, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management; and magazine, Healthcare Executive; as well as ground-breaking research, career development, and public policy programs. ACHE’s publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses.

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