2003 Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Health System Constituency Section, and recognizes a federal healthcare executive (commissioned officer 0-5 level or lower/GS-14 level or lower equivalent) who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant achievements which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The recipient of this award is Lt. Col. Richard N. Terry, USAF, CAAMA, Hospital Administrator, 10th Medical Group, USAF Academy, Colorado.  As hospital administrator, Colonel Terry is the senior strategic resourcer for a 28-bed hospital and the Air Force’s 3rd largest integrated healthcare system.  He is responsible for programming $63 million of direct funding and $50 million of military personnel resources annually.  Colonel Terry has been a leader in the Air Force Medical Service for over 16 years and has been recognized as one of the military’s foremost experts on health care finance.  His breadth of experience in operational, planning, and consulting roles is unrivaled in the department, and his work has yielded the government over $120 million in savings.

Colonel Terry has deployed three times, including serving as the administrator of a 150 bed air transportable hospital during Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM.  He was the youngest hospital administrator in theater, and his hospital was the first on-the-ground in theater with full operating capability.  Colonel Terry has served as special consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for bid-price adjustments and private sector recapture—culminating as lead analyst for the Bid-Price Adjustment, becoming the Department of Defense’s expert on this critical financial issue and providing training across all branches of service.  As special consultant, Colonel Terry constructed an analytical template tool for the Air Force Manual Change in Service Module.  He leveraged technology by developing a web-based tool with analytical worksheets that was adopted Air Force-wide.  He also designed the acclaimed private sector recapture model, which was deployed Air Force-wide and uncovered millions in outsourced health care spending.

Colonel Terry was also instrumental in creating and garnering $4.2 million in congressional funding for the Air Force Specialty Care Optimization pilot program.  The pilot program increased the surgery caseload by 57%, resulted in a saving of over $3.5 million.  Finally, Colonel Terry was selected by the Air Force Surgeon General to develop and defend the Air Force methodology for implementing teleradiology.  His work bridged shortfalls in radiologist manning Air Force-wide, and ensured survival of the Air Force radiology residency programs by leveraging technology to recapture clinical workload into residency sites, in addition to saving the AFMS $1 million per year. 

Colonel Terry’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device, and Kuwaiti Liberation Medal.  His honors include recognition as the Air Force Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award (AHA) in 2003; the United States Air Force Academy Commitment to Service Award in 2002 and 2003; and Young Healthcare Administrator of the Year in 1991 (Shaw AFB). 
Colonel Terry received his B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel and a Masters of Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.  A board certified healthcare executive, Colonel Terry is credentialed by the American Academy of Medical Administrators


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