Five Scripps Health Executives, Managers Earn American College of Healthcare Executives Fellowship

Scripps La Jolla Chief Executive Elected ACHE Regent for Southern California

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San Diego – Five Scripps Health executives and managers were named Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), at the recent ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, where world health care leaders convene to discuss industry innovations.

According to ACHE, only 7,500 health care executives have fellowship status. This distinction represents achievement of the highest standards of professional development in the health care industry.

Scripps fellows are:

  • Lisa Thakur, corporate vice president of operations (operating room, pharmacy and supply chain);
  • Tracy Chu, senior administrative director of clinical operations, Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley;
  • Johannes Otter, administrative director of ancillary and specialty services, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla;
  • Patricia Daly, director of operations improvement, Scripps Green Hospital; and
  • Peter Mabrey, manager of physician relations, Scripps Health.

Candidates successfully completed several ACHE requirements. These include passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating involvement in professional and community organizations or activities. ACHE is an international professional society of more than 35,000 health care executives known for its credentialing and educational programs.

In addition, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla Chief Executive Gary Fybel, FACHE, was elected the new regent for Southern California-San Diego/Imperial counties by the ACHE. His three-year term began March 19. As the elected representative for a geographic area, the regent is responsible for representing the interests of ACHE affiliates programs and operations of local chapters.

Scripps Health president and CEO Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, serves as the organization’s immediate past chairman.


The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 35,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management, and its educational programs including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE’s established network of more than 80 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 journals, the Journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers of Health Services Management, as well as groundbreaking 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 including textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.

Learn more about Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated health system in San Diego, Calif.

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