The Navy American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Regent would like to congratulate the 2021 Navy Healthcare Executive Award winners:

Senior Level Career Healthcare Executive: CDR Elizabeth Raphael, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA
Early Career Healthcare Executive: LTJG Kionna Myles, Naval Health Clinic Quantico, VA
Enlisted Healthcare Executive: HM1 Juan Osorio, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain

Congratulations to all!

CDR Elizabeth Raphael, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA

A recently recertified Fellow of ACHE, she served as President of the Southern California Medical Service Corps Association during an extraordinarily challenging time in the organization’s history. . Despite a strong headwind due to the COVID 19 pandemic, she successfully promoted record reviews, regularly participated in career development boards, and supported face to face ACHE events which offered 12 category one-credits.  Additionally, her career has been highlighted with sustained superior performance which include but are not limited to:

  • Currently serving as the Associate Director for Medical Services at Naval Medical Center San Diego, she has been responsible for 12 large and dynamic departments including the command’s Novel Coronavirus Department.  Since February 2020, she has been instrumental in establishing the COVID-19 response including Emergency Room and drive-through testing that that improved patient interactions while minimizing non-essential staff exposure has reduced disease transmission.
  • While serving as Associate Director for Public Health and Aide to the Commander of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and Navy Medicine East, she provided oversight for eight multi-faceted departments, 117 staff, and managed a $5.3 million budget while providing preventive health and wellness services to 300,000 beneficiaries.
  • While serving as Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as the Executive Assistant (EA) to Wounded Ill and Injured and the Director of Readiness and Health, she worked across the headquarters to streamline, realign, and consolidate a $345 million budget and 306 staff members in the new Readiness and Health Super Code.  Additionally, as the Action Officer for the Joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Interagency Care Coordination Committee, she synchronized critical training for 3,290 VA Case Managers and DoD Recovery Care Coordinators at 12 sites.
  • While serving as the Director for Administration at the Naval Health Research Center, she focused efforts on compliance to completely overhauled the command’s contracting department after a deep dive identified overseas and local procurement processes that did not conform to regulations.  Her diligent actions resulted in the Naval Health Research Center obtaining and maintaining a robust and worldwide purchasing and contract awarding authority for all six overseas labs and three CONUS labs.

LTJG Kionna Myles, Naval Health Clinic Quantico, VA

An active member of ACHE, the ACHE Navy Regent Advisory Council, and and 2021 LEAPS Committee, she spearheaded professional development initiatives that mentored two peers to pursue their FACHE credential, advocated for ACHE Congress attendance for seven senior leaders that will result in 84 continuing education credits, and led to her receipt of the Executive Medicine Additional Qualification Designation. Additionally, her professional accomplishment include but are not limited to:

  • Established the first Central Template Management System across four facilities, increasing medical force readiness by 43%, improving access to care by 66% for 19K beneficiaries, and reducing outpatient purchased care costs by $120,000.
  • Guided a multidisciplinary team of medical personnel in the optimization and standardization of access to care, improving access to care from 7.53 days to 1.90 days, reducing outpatient Purchased Care from by 15%, and achieving an overall cost avoidance of $192,000.
  • As the Assistant Public Affairs Officer, she improved strategic communications in the absence of a mass notification system, increasing the number of patients reached by 18K.  Additionally, she increased social media post reach by 26%, post engagements by 12%, and new page likes by 123%.

HM1 Juan Osorio, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain

An esteemed enlisted member of ACHE who is adamantly committed to lifelong learning, he earned a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) degree from the University of Central Florida, and was awarded the Executive MHA Outstanding Graduate award for his 4.0 GPA and contributions to the class.  Converting academics to achievement, he collaborated across the SIXTH fleet area of operations to lead two innovative Lean Six Sigma Projects that:

  • Established a telehealth appointment system to improve access to care and patient satisfaction, reduce the time from referral to appointment from greater than 60 days to less than 14 days, and decrease patient referrals to the local network by 34%.
  • Implemented a home sleep study program for beneficiaries, resulting in an estimated cost savings of $119,000.


The ACHE Navy Regent Award categories are: Senior Level Career Healthcare Executive Award (rank of O-5 and above), Early Career Healthcare Executive Award (rank of O-4 and below), and Enlisted Healthcare Executive Award (E4 – E9).  Each award category honors one individual who has distinguished himself/herself in performance, management, and leadership through innovation, excellence and creativity that go above and beyond the call of duty to noticeably impact the command system, Budget Submitting Offices (BSO), professional, or service levels.  The ACHE Navy Regent Awards criteria provides information on guidelines and what should be included in the completed nomination.

Nominations were submitted using the appropriate linked Healthcare Executive Award template.  The selected nominee required endorsement from a supervisor within their chain of command.

Navy Regent Enlisted Healthcare Executive Award:  Nominee should be a member of ACHE.  At minimum, recognition period should encompass the past year of continuing contributions.

Early Career Healthcare Executive Award:  Nominee should be a member or Fellow of ACHE.  At minimum, recognition period should encompass the past year of continuing contributions.

Senior-level Career Healthcare Executive Award:  Nominee must be a Fellow of ACHE and fill an appropriate executive level position.  Contributions to the development of other health care professionals, participation in civic/community activities, civilian health care professional associations, and College activities should be noted.  At minimum, recognition period should encompass three years of continuing contributions.