From the December 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
The Harry J. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is the highest recognition bestowed by MGMA. It goes to an individual who has made nationally recognized contributions to healthcare administration, delivery and/or education in his/her career, advancing the field of medical practice management.
This year’s award went to Edgar H. Silvey, MPH, MBA, CMPE, FACHE, chief executive officer, The Baton Rouge (La.) Clinic. Silvey has been a health care administration professional for 43 years. He has worked in comprehensive health planning, investor-owned hospital administration, not-for-profit hospital administration, mental health administration, health plan administration, and long-term care administration. For the last 25 years, has worked as a medical group practice administrator. In his time at The Baton Rouge Clinic, it has grown by 250%, through a strong recruiting process and a number of mergers and acquisitions.
Silvey holds a master's of public health and master's of business administration from Tulane University, New Orleans.
Medical Practice Executive of the Year Award
The award recognizes a medical group practice executive who has demonstrated a noteworthy achievement of exceptional leadership and management proficiency to enhance strategic and operational effectiveness of health care delivery in his or her practice and community within the last three years.
Mischelle Ferrell, MHA, CMPE, practice administrator, Cumberland Family Care PC, Sparta, Tenn. Received this year’s honor. Ferrell joined Cumberland Family Care PC in 2002 and helped to implement comprehensive strategic planning in the practice, which resulted in expansion from one family medicine practice to three practices serving two counties. Ferrell also streamlined the practice’s budget, implemented new programs and services, and helped recruit new personnel.