S. Patrick Alford, American Academy of Medical Administrators chairman of the board, presents Chief Petty Officer Joseph Crain, leading chief petty officer, Family Medicine and Pediatrics Departments, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, Calif., with the YC Parris Young Federal Healthcare Executive Award at the 2012 AAMA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas Nov. 14, 2012.
Des Plaines, IL, November 30, 2012 – Chief Joseph Crain, CAAMA, Leading Chief Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, was awarded the 2012 YC Parris Young Federal Healthcare Executive of the Year Award by the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA). Crain received the award during the 2012 AAMA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14, 2012.
The YC Parris Award recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in federal healthcare management. The recipient must be an AAMA member under the age of 40, and must have had achievements beyond those inherent in their employment. The recipient’s accomplishments must also have had a beneficial influence on the healthcare management profession.
His previous assignments included Clinic Manager, Naval Branch Medical Clinic at the Joint Maritime Facility, St. Mawgan, England, and three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, his unit/battalion was the first to implement the field electronic health record: Theater Medical Information Program (TMIP). During his second deployment to Afghanistan, Crain was selected to be the Senior Enlisted Leader for Regimental Combat Team 5. In this position he was the senior advisor/consultant for the healthcare of over 4500 marines and sailors, and led twelve Chief Petty Officers who oversaw field clinics for 11 Marine Battalions in the diverse, austere geographical locations of the Helmand Province.
Crain has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, and recently received his MBA in Healthcare Management. In May 2011, Crain became the first enlisted member of the Academy to obtain his credential by examination, the CAAMA. He currently serves on the Board of the American College of Federal Healthcare Administrators.
The AAMA Mission is to advance excellence in healthcare leadership through individual relationships, multidisciplinary interaction, practical business tools and active engagement. The AAMA recognizes and brings together diverse specialties of the broad, multidisciplinary medical administration community. AAMA provides solutions, strategies and resources to help healthcare administrators overcome the challenges of their evolving environment.
AAMA includes specialty groups focused on the administration of cardiovascular services, oncology programs, contingency planning, healthcare information systems, federal healthcare, and small or rural healthcare organizations, and neuroscience administrators. The Academy offers a quarterly electronic publication with peer-reviewed articles, three annual conferences, credentialing programs, volunteer leadership development and networking opportunities.