Astrid Gonzalez-Parrilla Named Scholar in Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (December 4, 2018) – Astrid Gonzalez-Parrilla, executive director of rehabilitation services for Halifax Health|Brooks Rehabilitation, has been selected as one of six scholars for the 2019 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program that is administered by the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Nearly 50 outstanding executives applied for this prestigious national program that celebrates its sixth year in 2019.

The year-long program will help further prepare these mid- and senior-level careerists to advance to higher leadership roles.  Scholars will benefit from a specialized curriculum that includes strategies for navigating challenges in career advancement and enhancing executive presence; one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor; and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments.

Since 2016, Gonzalez-Parrilla has served as the executive director of rehabilitation services for Halifax Health|Brooks Rehabilitation.  A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus, she earned a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Southern University in 2011 followed by a doctorate in occupational therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Care Professions in 2014.

She is board certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities surveyor and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, National Association for Healthcare Quality and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program was established by the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership to honor Dolan, who served as president and CEO of ACHE from 1991-2013, for his long-standing service to the profession of healthcare leadership and to further his strong commitment to achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders.

“We are pleased to continue playing a role in efforts to diversify the leadership ranks in healthcare, and we are grateful to the donors who make this possible,” says ACHE President/CEO Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE.  “ACHE is gratified by the continued interest in and support for the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity program. The 2019 scholars will benefit tremendously from the program’s offerings and will make significant contributions to our field as they advance in their careers.”

Scholars will receive tuition to attend ACHE’s most notable educational offerings, including ACHE’s 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership and 2019 Senior Executive and Executive Programs.  The Scholars will gain enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders to help prepare them for future leadership roles.

For more information about the Executive Diversity Program, visit www.ache.org/ExecutiveDiversity.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.  ACHE's mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence.  ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 78 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 career development and public policy programs.  Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to improving health.  The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research.  The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs —including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants — and groundbreaking research.  Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management, including textbooks for college and university courses.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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