To earn Fellow status and the right to use the FACHE credential, Sutton reached the highest of the three board certification levels awarded by the college. Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, meet academic and experiential criteria, earn continuing education credits and demonstrate profession and community involvement. Fellows must pursue ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.
"ACHE is the professional organization for healthcare administrators, and to be a fellow in the college shows a high level of accomplishment," Sutton said.
Sutton has been associated with Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for 35 years. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, having spent 28 years with the USPHS. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration.
"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," said ACHE President/CEO Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE. "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.