Georgia on our Mind

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME’s focus on Global Accreditation is building momentum. After approval of this effort at the November CAHME board meeting, we are moving forward to form a Global Advisory Council, to begin recruiting and training Global Fellows, and to have current CAHME-accredited programs partner with international universities to help them achieve accreditation.

Earlier this month a team from CAHME—including myself, immediate past board chair Dan West and Steven Szydlowski from the University of Scranton, and Bernando Ramirez from the University of Central Florida, were invited to visit the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia to discuss the University’s interest in CAHME accreditation.

Georgia and its capital Tblisi are at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Georgia achieved independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 and since then has developed a representative democracy and free-market economy.

From left: Dan West, Anthony Stanowski, Mariam Lobjanidze, Bernando Ramirez, and Steven Szydlowski.

We met with the University’s Board Chair Giuli Alasania and President Manana Sanadze.  Their interest in accreditation is related to UG’s mission “to expand boundaries and educate a person, which will support the development of a healthy, human and democratic society through professional activities or scientific achievements based on the hard work and honesty, for the goodwill of the government and humankind in general.”  They see accreditation as a way to help their students graduating with a Masters in Health Care Administration to market their skills globally, and as a means of attracting students from other countries to UG.

The University’s curriculum is impressive, as are its students, faculty, and leadership, many of whom we met when we presented at a conference on promoting international accreditation for healthcare management. Among the key stakeholders: Tamar Lobjanidze, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Public Health; Otar Vasadze from UG’s Masters in Healthcare Administration program; and Mariam Lobjanidze from UG’s undergraduate program. In addition to leaders at UG, we had the chance to meet a member of the Georgian parliament, the president of the country’s hospital association, and the leader of a private insurer. We toured two hospitals and met with both hospital CEOs.

During the conference, GU Board Chair Giuli Alasania (at left) presented Anthony Stanowski with a gift of appreciation for CAHME’s visit.

Our visit to Georgia confirms both the wisdom of CAHME promoting global accreditation, and the growing interest of international universities in pursuing CAHME accreditation. In 2018 we will have more information about this initiative, including how current CAHME-accredited programs can assist international programs (such as through participation in the CAHME Mentorship Circle initiative).

If you know of other international universities interested in global accreditation to which CAHME can reach out, I hope you will let me know.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

 

Improving Program Ranking Methodologies

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Ranking and rating systems for colleges and hospitals are now widely accepted by the public as one indicator of quality, and this is true for graduate healthcare management programs as well. Every few years, US News & World Report(USN&WR) produces a highly anticipated report on what it deems The Best Health Care Management Programs. USN&WR recognizes the importance of accreditation, and limits the list to only CAHME-Accredited programs.

Recognizing the importance that both graduate healthcare management programs–and their prospective students–place on these sorts of rankings, CAHME is interested in ways of enhancing ranking methodologies to improve their consistency and reliability in recognizing program quality. This is consistent with our mission of making information easily available to interested constituencies.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with leaders of the USN&WR team that oversees its ranking projects. USN&WR intends to release its next ranking of graduate healthcare management programs in early 2019, based upon data gathered in 2018. The USN&WR team is committed to constant improvement of their ranking methodologies, and we plan to meet again in January 2018 as they consider the next iteration of their report.

I want to acknowledge the support of Accreditation Council member Dr. Bill Tuttle, Vice President of Planning at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, who briefed me on the intricacies of the ranking system.  Bill has just completed his dissertation on the USN&WR ranking system. Bill and I talked about how USN&WR could incorporate more quantitative data into the ranking process to improve the accuracy and usefulness of the report, such as the data that CAHME-accredited programs provide in their annual reports.

I am very interested to hear suggestions from CAHME stakeholders that we could share with USN&WR. CAHME is considering forming an advisory committee on this topic, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact me.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME