1999 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Health System Constituency Section, and recognizes a senior federal health care executive (commissioned officer 0-6 level or higher/GS-15 level or higher equivalent) who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant leadership or innovative achievements which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The recipient of the 1999 Award for Excellence is Rear Admiral Stephen Todd Fisher, MSC, Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy, Washington, DC. Rear Admiral Fisher has played a key role in the Department of Defense's military health services system for more than 35 years.

He has distinguished himself as a visionary leader and accomplished policy maker within Navy Medicine and the Military Health Services System. As the executive agent for the clinical business area for the Department of Defense's information technology efforts, he led the business office in delivering the computerized patient record to its first alpha site.

In addition, Rear Admiral Fisher organized a consortium of Veterans Administration, Indian Health Services and Department of Defense officials to create the foundation for the government-computerized patient record, of which he is board chair. Rear Admiral Fisher has been at the forefront of leadership in Navy Medicine, responsible for the operation of the "corporate" headquarters and its interactions with other military and civilian health policy agencies.

By stressing innovative approaches, he has balanced the distribution of personnel within the direct care system to maintain a high level of service across the globe. Demanding world class quality, Rear Admiral Fisher led over 450 staff members in pursuing the ISO 9000 Quality Management System. Through his vision of ISO 9000 compliance, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery has reached an unprecedented level of professional excellence and has laid a strong foundation for a continuous quality improvement program.

Rear Admiral Fisher serves as a Regional Policy Board delegate for the American Hospital Association's federal health care section and is active in the American Academy of Medical Administrators and the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition to being a highly decorated officer, Rear Admiral Fisher is also active in his community, having served as an Elder at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and on numerous alumni associations.



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