Professor earns national award

John R. Pratt, health administration professor at Saint Joseph's College in Standish, Maine, was honored with the 2008 Education Award by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). The annual award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to education in long-term care. Pratt, of Standish, teaches in the online Graduate & Professional Studies division at Saint Joseph's and has taught summer courses on campus for adult learners.

Pratt served as a health care administrator for 25 years before joining academia, and brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to his educator role. He is author of a textbook, Long-Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum, now in its second edition. In 2008, Pratt developed and taught the highly-rated and innovative workshop Leadership Skills for Long-Term Care Administrators, which was hosted by the New England Alliance of ACHCA.

"John is exceptionally deserving of this honor," commented Stephen Esdale, chair of the ACHCA Board of Directors. "His unique perspective and creative approach to education has made him one of the leaders in our field."

Founded in 1962, ACHCA is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today's long-term care administrator and executive. Its mission focuses on advancing leadership excellence in long term care through the provision of leadership education, promotion of professional advancement programs such as fellowship and professional certification, and facilitation of leadership development.

August 15, 2008 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail