La Jolla, Calif. — Gary G. Fybel, FACHE, chief executive of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, was awarded the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award. Michael H. Covert, FACHE, regent for California-San Diego/Imperial Counties (SOHL), presented Gary Fybel with the award at the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders Education Program on April 7, 2009.
The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award is presented to a chief executive officer, or other senior-level executive in recognition of significant contributions toward the achievement of the goals of the ACHE and the advancement of health care management excellence. ACHE affiliates who receive the Regent’s Award 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, and contributions to developing other healthcare professionals, leadership in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities. They are also evaluated on their participation in civic and community activities and projects, participation in ACHE activities, and helping ACHE achieve in objectives.
Fybel has been the chief executive for Scripps La Jolla since September 2000. Prior to joining Scripps, he served as the Administrator of Mission Hospital in Orange County, which is part of the St. Joseph Health System. During 1999, he also served as the interim President/CEO of the St. Joseph Hospitals in Humboldt County.
Fybel has been a healthcare executive for over 30 years. Under his leadership, hospitals have received three of the highest honors in the nation:
- The JCAHO Ernest A. Codman Quality Award in 2000 (Mission Hospital)
- Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence, for Scripps La Jolla in 2006, a distinction conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
- The Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence 2009, for Scripps La Jolla, from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Fybel is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently serves on the ACHE Regents Advisory Council, a board member of SOHL and the American Heart Association.