Mary R. McCarthy, FACHE, Director of Quality Management for SwedishAmerican, and Michael J. Ford, FACHE, Director of Medical Group Operations for SwedishAmerican, recently became Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nations leading professional society for health care leaders.
Because health care management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization, says Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, health care leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community.
Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 5,400 health care executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.
From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue