TRMC-Sunnyvale's CEO Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

SUNNYVALE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Terry J. Fontenot, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Terry J. Fontenot (Photo: Business Wire)

Terry J. Fontenot (Photo: Business Wire)

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

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 7,500 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.

Terry J. Fontenot of Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale is privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. A resident of Sachse, Texas, Fontenot has more than 30 years of senior-level executive experience developing, starting up and operating medical/surgical hospitals and was named CEO of TRMC-Sunnyvale, near Dallas, in 2008.

TRMC-Sunnyvale, of which Fontenot participated in the development and start up, opened in September 2009.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Membership at (312) 424-9400 or [email protected], or visit

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 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, 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.

About Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale

Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale is a 70-bed hospital committed to offering the finest medical services to those in northeastern Dallas County, Rockwall County and the surrounding communities. The regional medical center offers well-trained physicians, nurses and other medical professionals, as well as a full array of state-of-the-art medical equipment and a growing list of medical services.

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Terry J. Fontenot (Photo: Business Wire)