Alan J. Burgess

Alan BurgessAlan J. Burgess, FACHE, CFAAMA is board certified in healthcare administration by both the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA). He earned his Bachelor of Science from the Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah and his Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Following his 21-year career in the United States Air Force as a Medical Service Corps Officer, he transitioned to the civilian healthcare field. He has been CEO of several small rural hospitals, including two Critical Access Hospitals.

He was CEO of a two-hospital joint-venture in Kingston, NY where he led the startup operation of a brand new clinical laboratory serving the two member hospitals and the surrounding communities. He was awarded an 18-month personal services contract as the Medicaid Hospital Audit ProgramAlan Burgess Manager for the State of New York. He directed a system of three federally qualified rural health clinics (FQRHCs) serving the Karuk Tribe of California. For most of the four years prior to heading the Tehachapi (CA) Hospital, he was the Tribal Health Administrator/CEO of the critical access hospital on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, serving the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes. Mr. Burgess was appointed the CEO of the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, effective June 1st, 2007. As CEO of the District, Mr. Burgess managed the day-to-day operations of the Tehachapi Hospital and Rural Health Centers in Tehachapi, Mojave and California City. He also presided over the construction of a new, CEQA and seismically compliant, replacement Critical Access Hospital – budgeted for a total cost of $87 million that will open in the Fall of 2016.

Mr. Burgess joined the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1973 as a student affiliate and has been a member or fellow ever since. Mr. Burgess has been a member of the American Academy of Medical Administrators since 1979, except for a brief period where he attempted “retirement.” When he rejoined the profession, he renewed his affiliation with the AAMA where, as a Fellow, he has served on the board of the American College of Small and Rural Hospitals, on the AAMA Annual Conference Planning Committee, and on the Board of Directors for eight years. He served on the Board as the elected Director for Region IV, as the Appointed Director for Professional Advancement, as the Treasurer, Chair-Elect, Chairman and as the Immediate Past Chair the Academy for 2012. He was the 2008 recipient of the Vanguard Award of the AAMA and in 2009 he was recipient of the Richard A. Harley Diplomate of the Year Award for Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Burgess is also a lifelong Scouter. He joined the Boy Scouts in 1959 and has been actively registered ever since. He earned his Eagle Scout Award with the Eagle Class of 1964. He is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and was honored with the Founder’s Award. He earned his Wood Badge beads as a member of the Fox Patrol and has staffed seven Wood Badge courses, including the very first Twenty-First Century Wood Badge Course in the Western Region. He has been recognized for his service to youth with the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. He has served as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner, a District Chairman, as the Council Vice President for District Operations, and two-terms as a Council President. He and his wife, Kathryn, are the proud parents of four sons, Christopher, Jonathan, Benjamin and Timothy – all Eagle Scouts!

Mr. Burgess is a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served as a counselor in a branch presidency, twice serving as a bishop and also serving as a counselor in a stake presidency. He is retired and currently serves in several church positions and with his wife entertains as a professional Santa and Mrs. Claus.