Why Healthcare Administration is Important

Anthony Stanowski
Gerald L. Glandon, PhD

In a recent NY Times op-ed, Sandeep Jauhar uses the internecine struggles of a small California hospital to suggest that our health system would be improved if more physicians held executive leadership positions at our nation’s hospitals. (Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care?). Certainly, doctors and nurses should control providing medical services to patients.  These professionals have years of training and experience in making these important decisions.

However, the skills needed to provide administrative leadership for hospitals are significantly different from those needed to provide clinical care. Modern hospital leadership requires excellence in understanding community needs, human resources, accounting, finance, economics, logistics, and government regulation. Without skilled administrators who have mastered these and other elements, physicians would not be able to focus on patients.

This distinction between clinical and administrative leadership is not new. Florence Nightingale implemented administrative processes, financial management, medical records systems, and architectural standards for hospitals beginning in 1854.  Today, most hospitals in the US are not-for-profit institutions, led by the combined expertise of their medical staffs, administrators, and boards of community leaders.  For all the challenges and changes in healthcare over the last 150 years, this model has proven very successful.

Dr. Jauhar might have focused on the many physicians who pursue advanced education in healthcare and business administration. These physicians often do bring a unique and powerful perspective toward the business of healthcare. But suggesting that our health system would be improved if only more doctors were in charge is simply not supported by the facts, and it disparages the many dedicated and talented healthcare administrators who are as committed as any physician to the health of patients and communities.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE 
President and CEO
CAHME

Gerald L. Glandon, PhD
President and CEO
Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration

Press Release CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant Winners Announced

Press Release: CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant Winners Announced

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ROCKVILLE, MD., October 19, 2017 CAHME and Aramark are proud to announce the winners of the grants to CAHME-accredited programs also served by Aramark. CAHME and Aramark share a goal to drive innovation and excellence in healthcare management education. We are grateful for Aramark’s generous support which will fund a range of experiences for students in CAHME-accredited programs. Grants are awarded for initiatives that support participation of healthcare management students in research, seminars, case study competitions, and other related activities.

CAHME and Aramark are pleased to announce eight winners of the first CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grants. Because of the high volume and quality of applications, the number of winners was expanded from four to eight. Two grants have been awarded $5,000 each, while six will receive $3,660 each.

“When CAHME and Aramark announced the grant program earlier this year, we knew we wanted to recognize innovative ideas in improving graduate healthcare management education,” said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME. “It was gratifying to have so many applications for support, and we are grateful for Aramark’s generosity in expanding the number of winners.”

A blue-ribbon panel of healthcare and Aramark executives reviewed the applications. Panelists included :

  1. Jack Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Main Line Health System
  2. David McCombs, Vice President of ERP/Supply Chain Operations, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
  3. Doug Silverstein, President, Evanston Hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem
  4. Madeline Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  5. Victor Crawford, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, Facilities, and Higher Education, Aramark

This year, we are able to offer eight grants. The winners are:

Program Description Award
     
The George Washington University and
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciencess
Developing interview skills $5,000
University of Memphis Expand professional leadership training for students $5,000
St Louis University Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
University of Iowa Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
Expand case competition opportunities and professional conferences for students $3,660
University of Scranton Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
Virginia Commonwealth
University
Support student attendance at ACHE $3,660
Widener University Expand case competition opportunities $3,660

In funding the grants, Mr. Crawford noted “Aramark is committed to supporting the development of future leaders in healthcare. Encouraging opportunities for healthcare management students to explore and apply innovative thinking will foster better healthcare experiences for the patients of tomorrow.”

CAHME, along with Aramark, congratulates the winning programs and believes the students benefiting from these grants will be better prepared to serve the healthcare industry and the community in the future.

Applications for the next round of grants will be available in the summer of 2018.

About CAHME:

CAHME serves the public interest by advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education in the United States and Canada. CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education. CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers that ensure the integrity of healthcare management education. For more information, visit: Cahme.org

Media Contact:

CAHME: Anthony Stanowski | info@cahme.org | (301) 298-1823

New Case Competition Available for CAHME Students

CAHME is pleased to support a new case competition sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The first annual HIMSS Student Case Competition encourages interdisciplinary teams of graduate, residents, or Fellows to analyze a HIMSS-supplied case study. From this analysis, teams will apply recommendations supported by current health information technology practices that can transform care, while coupling recommendations with advocacy outreach at the federal and state levels.

Winners will be recognized at HIMSS18, the world’s largest health IT conference, and have the opportunity to showcase their talent, network with thoughts leaders, and gain a competitive edge.

Interested students can learn more and register for the competition on the HIMSS web site. Registration closes on November 20, 2017.

First CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Presidential Honoree Named

 

ROCKVILLE, MD., October 6, 2017 / The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has named Samantha Clark as the first recipient of the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Presidential Honorarium. The Honorarium includes a $2,000 scholarship. Samantha is a second-year student in the University of Washington Masters in Health Administration program. The Honorarium recognizes graduate healthcare management students who embody the spirit and attitude of Dawn Gideon.

Dawn, herself a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. In Dawn’s memory, her family, friends, and colleagues founded The Dawn Gideon Foundation to support opportunities for education, development, and research in healthcare management, with a special focus on empowering women in the field. “Samantha Clark’s tenacity, intelligence, and resourcefulness—as described by her teachers and colleagues at the University of Washington—make her a worthy recipient of this award,” said Dr. Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME.

Samantha entered UW’s program after working several years as a healthcare social worker and case manager. As a first-year graduate student, she was part of the UW team that achieved second place in the highly competitive University of Alabama Health Administration Case Competition. This past summer Samantha interned with the Northwest Physicians Network in Puget Sound, and is now, in addition to her classwork, consulting with the NW Providence Medical Group in its Quality High Reliability department.

“CAHME is grateful to the Dawn Gideon Foundation for its support in helping to recognize future leaders in healthcare,” Dr. Stanowski said.