Richard Blanchette
PAHCOM Founder, Executive Director

The founder, Richard Blanchette has over forty years experience in the health care field. He completed a 30-year career in the U. S. Navy Medical Department as a Lieutenant-Commander, Medical Service Corps Officer. Early in his career he was trained as an "Independent Duty Corpsman" which meant that he was the "Doc" on board ships at sea that did not carry a physician. Richard was a Navy Advisor in Vietnam, training Vietnamese sailors in the provision of medical care in support of combat operations.

He then moved into medical administration and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and later obtained a Masters Degree in Organization Development from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1988, Richard founded the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM) which has earned a sterling reputation throughout the country. PAHCOM evolved from Richard's Masters Thesis that was entitled "Administrative Management of Small Group Physician Practices."