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Thursday, June 5, 2008 - SJH Administrators Bickings and Sheridan Gain National Fellow Honors
(lft) - John Bickings, chief operating officer of SJH Elmer Hospital
(rt) - Elizabeth Sheridan, R.N., chief operating officer of SJH Regional Medical Center
VINELAND, NJ (June 5) – John Bickings, chief operating officer of SJH Elmer Hospital, and Elizabeth Sheridan, R.N., chief operating officer of SJH Regional Medical Center, have been named Fellows by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Fellow status from the organization, which is the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders, represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development.

“Because health care management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization,” said Thomas Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, health care leaders can show that they are committed to providing high quality service to their patients and community.”

John Bickings has been a member of the SJH team for nearly 20 years and has served as COO of Elmer Hospital and Corporate Vice President of Support Services since 2004. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Elizabeth Sheridan joined SJH in 1999 as the Vice President for Patient Care Services and has served as COO of the Regional Medical Center and Corporate Chief Nursing Executive since 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Trenton State College, a master’s degree in Administration from Rider College and completed the Wharton Fellows Program for Senior Health-Care Executives at the University of Pennsylvania. Sheridan also holds Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Only 7,500 health care executives nationwide hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

South Jersey Healthcare (SJH) is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of healthcare services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and healthcare needs of Southern New Jersey residents.