Apollo Behavioral Health Hospital executive receives FACHE designation: 7 things to know

Ronda Zucco, director of business development and operations at Baton Rouge, La.-based Apollo Behavioral Health Hospital, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Here are seven things to know about Ms. Zucco and her new designation.

1. Fellow status represents "achievement of the highest standard of professional development," officials said.

2. Only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction.

3. To become a fellow, candidates must do the following, among other things:

  • Pass a comprehensive examination
  • Meet academic and experiential criteria
  • Earning continuing education credits
  • Demonstrate professional and community involvement

4. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

5. In a news release, Deborah Bowen, president and CEO of ACHE, said of the distinction, "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."

6. Ms. Zucco has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2011.

7. She earned a bachelor's degree with a double major in psychology and sociology from Carbondale-based Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Southern College in Lakeland.


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