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Bay Pines VA leader earns top healthcare management credential

November 4, 2016

BAY PINES, FL— Cory P. Price, FACHE, Assistant Director, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE.

“By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community,” she said.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 9,100 healthcare executives 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.

Price, who may now use the FACHE® credential signifying board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status, was appointed as assistant director of the Bay Pines VAHCS in June 2014.  In this role, he has direct leadership oversight of several of the healthcare system’s administrative services to include Fiscal, Logistics, Nutrition and Food Service, Police, Prosthetics and Sensory Aids, and Voluntary Service.

He started his federal government career more than 15 years ago as a commissioned Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Army where he oversaw helicopter ambulance employment and operations for nearly 12 years.  In January 2009, Mr. Price left the military to pursue opportunities where he could continue to serve Veterans and their health care needs. He began his VA career at the Orlando VA Medical Center where he served in various administrative leadership positions.

Mr. Price has extensive knowledge in the Baldrige Performance Excellence framework where he has trained as a State of Florida Sterling Examiner as well as serving on the Robert W. Carey Board of Examiners.

For more information regarding the American College of Healthcare Executives and the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400, by emailing, or visit  

Photo of Cory P. Price, Assistant Director, Bay Pines VAHCS

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. To learn more, please visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at