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.

CAHME Awards Program Now Accepting Applications

 

 

 

Once again, CAHME is pleased to announce, with thanks to our corporate partners, our annual Awards competition to recognize programs that advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

CAHME-accredited programs have a chance to win in four areas:

To the winning program, each award brings:

  • Up to $5,000 to fund initiatives described in the award application. For example, the CAHME/Canon Award for Sustainability includes a $5,000 grant for a faculty member doing research in sustainability in healthcare.
  • Recognition of award recipient programs in a full-page ad in Modern Healthcare.
  • Presentation of the award at the CAHME Awards Ceremony during the 2018 ACHE Congress.
  • One night hotel accommodation and round trip coach airfare to Chicago for the Award Ceremony for one Program representative.

Only CAHME accredited programs are eligible to participate. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 22, 2017. For full details, please visit www.cahme.org.

For questions, please contact Joe Morris, Program Specialist at CAHME at jmorris@cahme.org.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

Remembering Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell: “Do something nice for someone.”

I first met Tim Campbell at Aramark in 2008.  When I started at the company, I decided to get in early, and head to the company gym. A gentleman was working out next to me, and we exchanged greetings.  I got to know Tim over time, learned that he was a former University of Georgia football player from their championship years, a former Navy Seal, and mostly…one of the nicest people you could meet.

Tim headed up Aramark’s correctional business, and he later transferred to the larger division of Aramark Healthcare.  The first week of his new job, he pulled me into his office and asked me to explain how hospitals were paid.  I asked for a day to prepare some materials, and the next day I sat in the corner office and explained to Tim the US healthcare payer system.  “That’s just about the dumbest thing I ever heard,” Tim laughed.  Much later, Tim and I got to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its implications for Aramark, the Aramark fellowship program, and the impact of presidential elections on business.   His mind was geared toward solving problems; he was a masters-trained engineer.  Yet, his soul was musical, and he loved to talk about his family.

Tim left Aramark, and joined Secur America, a security company.  We stayed in touch.  He loved education, and when I was on the CAHME board, a slot opened for a public member, which Tim filled in 2012. That next year, Tim left Corporate America, and became a small business owner. He purchased a Big Frog Custom T-shirt franchise, and ran a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching.  He wanted to be closer to his family, stop getting on planes, and work within a community.

Tim brought discipline to CAHME’s operations as a board member, and pushed for defining our value proposition.  We both shared a passion for CAHME, and when Margaret Schulte retired as CAHME’s CEO, Tim encouraged me to apply.   I was concerned; going to a small non-profit and leaving the “business” end of healthcare was not something I thought I wanted.   It was Tim who pointed out to me that CAHME was what I was passionate about, and that there are more important things in this world than the corporate ladder.  “You can make a difference,” he said to me.

At our May 2017 CAHME Board meeting, Tim arrived late in the evening the day before the meeting.  I called and suggested we go to the bar (as we typically did), get a drink, have some laughs and catch up.  He said he was tired, had bronchitis, and promised to get breakfast the next morning.  “That was different,” I thought.  At the board meeting, Tim’s weight loss was evident.  He talked about his medical issues, but said he was feeling better.

In June, Tim called me with the news that he had pancreatic cancer. He said he did not have long to live.  He told me that he didn’t want a funeral, didn’t want people to just open their check books and be done with it.  He told me one important thing, and asked me to tell other people about it: just do good for people.  “Do something nice for someone,” he said.   “I don’t want my death to be just about writing a check.”

Over the past 15 months at CAHME, Tim provided advice and support to me. This includes a phone call just last week when we discussed materials for the board meeting and membership meeting. At the call’s conclusion, I told Tim that I loved him, and he returned it. We both choked back some tears and said we would catch up.

CAHME is a better organization because of Tim, and, I must say, I am a better person because of him. The world has lost a humble man and a friend to many. We lost a man who made a difference in his community and his country. We lost a bona fide hero. Tim’s death reminds us to hug loved ones a little tighter today, and to remember the key to a successful life: just do something nice for someone.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

Dawn Gideon Foundation Supports CAHME Best Practices Education

I want to bring special attention to the Dawn Gideon Foundation and its support for CAHME’s fall webinar series on Competency Attainment. Because of the Foundation’s generosity, we can provide the webinars at no cost.

Dawn Gideon graduated from the CAHME-accredited University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health in the early 1980s and began a career in healthcare leadership that was remarkable in its scope and impact. She joined the Forbes Health System, and within seven years was named its CEO. She was a leader of Forbes’ merger with Allegheny University Hospitals. After leaving Allegheny, Dawn started a private consulting practice, later acquired by Huron Consulting, that focused on helping healthcare systems across the country find creative avenues to success.

The Dawn Gideon Foundation was founded after Dawn’s death from cancer in 2015. The Foundation provides resources to train and empower professionals, especially women, to succeed in healthcare careers and to become role models for compassionate and intelligent leadership. The Foundation focuses on supporting education; forums for discussion and the sharing of ideas; and funding research opportunities on healthcare leadership and management. The Foundation’s long-term goal is to be recognized as a thought leader in the healthcare industry while providing opportunities for the advancement of women.

The Dawn Gideon Foundation and CAHME are both devoted to developing future leaders in healthcare. The Foundation’s support of our webinar series puts that goal into action, and we are deeply grateful.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

Benefits for CAHME Students and Programs Mark the New Semester

As the new school years gets underway at 98 CAHME-accredited programs in the United States and Canada, I am pleased to announce some new complimentary benefits and the start of a new season for the Awards program. Look for future updates for more details and how to sign up. I want to thank the CAHME corporate members and  sponsors who make these possible.

Complimentary Benefits from AHA Personal Membership Groups: The American Hospital Association (AHA) and CAHME have partnered to provide students from CAHME-accredited programs with complimentary access to networking, emerging news, and resources to support students’ healthcare management education coursework. Students will find that participating in an AHA Professional Membership Group (PMG) provides a competitive edge in advancing their careers. Membership includes access to the coveted AHA Future Scan report that identifies important trends in healthcare.

Complimentary Subscription to Modern Healthcare Magazine and Modern Healthcare Online: Students in CAHME-accredited programs can get a free subscription to  the digital edition of Modern Healthcare, a leading source of information and research about business and policy trends in healthcare.

A Complimentary Fall Webinar Series on How to Succeed with Competency Assessment Criteria in Accreditation will kick off on September 20. The webinar will feature several CAHME programs that are succeeding in monitoring and measuring students attainment of competencies necessary to lead healthcare organizations.  Through site visits, CAHME examined our programs’ performance and found that many programs struggle with how to evaluate students in attainment of competencies, and how to communicate that information to students. Of the 62 programs reviewed using the 2013 Criteria for Accreditation, only 16 programs measured competency attainment completely and successfully. However, several programs created processes for excelling in those areas.  In keeping with CAHME’s mission, four (4) programs that excelled in this area will be featured in a webinar series in the Fall of 2017.  Go to www.cahme.org for more information.

The CAHME Awards Program: Partnering with leading corporations in healthcare, CAHME is pleased to once again offer students the chance to apply for a number of prestigious awards that support students in a range of special areas. You can read more about available awards on the CAHME web site. We are grateful to our partners Cerner, Ascension, Baylor Scott & White, and Canon for their commitment to excellence in healthcare management education.

Look for future updates from CAHME about each of these special benefits and programs and how our programs and students can take advantage. They are an added value for CAHME programs and the students served.

Best wishes for a successful academic year!

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

Integrating Healthcare Management Education with Other Disciplines

One of the unique challenges and opportunities of healthcare management lies in the field’s broad application to a wide range of sectors. Successful leadership in the field means understanding all the ways in which healthcare integrates across disciplines, and how those disciplines can influence the health of individuals and communities.

The University of Iowa takes a robust approach toward encouraging interdisciplinary education for its MHA students. I had the pleasure of visiting Iowa this past spring. Formal joint degree options are offered, including programs combining the MHA curriculum with studies in business, law, medicine, pharmacy, urban planning, public health, health policy, and occupational health. Some MHA students may choose to complete a two-semester Interdisciplinary Program for Graduate Studies in Aging and Longevity. Iowa will soon offer the MHA in combination with a masters in finance or business analytics. All of Iowa’s MHA students take three semesters of inter-professional  education with graduate students from every health profession on campus. The University also emphasizes experiential learning—a hallmark of CAHME-accredited programs.

My guide to understanding the University of Iowa’s approach was Dan Gentry, PhD, MHA, director of the University’s MHA program. During our visit, Dan shared the program’s conviction “that today’s healthcare leader needs both a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in patient-centered service organizations and strong business skills.” Dan’s commitment to this belief is also expressed through his service on the CAHME Accreditation Council. He is also a former CAHME board member.

As the University of Iowa and other CAHME-accredited programs across the country gear up for a new academic year, I am excited to think about the opportunities awaiting the students who will be our future leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@camhe.org

 

Enhancing the CAHME Web Site

Over the last year, CAHME has focused on improving the experience for our web site users, adding content that will better support our key stakeholders: students seeking information on accredited graduate healthcare management education; accredited programs and those pursuing accreditation; and our healthcare system and corporate partners whose support is so important to advancing CAHME’s mission.

Our goal is to constantly improve both the functionality and content of the site. To that end, we have reorganized pages and layouts, updated content, added more video to promote why CAHME accreditation is important, and added a blog that is updated bi-weekly with CAHME news and views. Our page on Research Proof Points compiles data on how CAHME accreditation is effective and necessary. New pages also allow us to recognize award-winning students and programs.

Accredited programs can take advantage of these CAHME web site changes by making sure the CAHME logo appears on their programs’ web pages and links back to the CAHME site, www.cahme.org. In this way, students looking at programs can easily understand the program’s accredited status, and, by visiting the CAHME site, can learn why accredited programs produce the students best-prepared to be future leaders in healthcare. These links also help both programs and CAHME by enhancing search engine optimization.

Our work on the CAHME web site is ongoing. If you have suggestions for how we can further improve content and functionality, I hope you will contact me.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@camhe.org

Building a Legacy for Future Healthcare Leaders

One of the great pleasures of leading CAHME is the opportunity to meet students and faculty in CAHME-accredited programs who are bringing tremendous energy and enthusiasm to advancing healthcare management.

I recently visited such a group at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, C.U.N.Y. The Zicklin School’s healthcare MBA is one of CAHME’s longest accredited programs, dating from 1971. The program is highly competitive, and I’ve been impressed with the students’ performance in case competitions.

After my visit, I had the pleasure to connect with Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.PH., a Zicklin Adjunct Professor. Jonathan’s Zicklin role is a return engagement; he served on the fulltime faculty as an Assistant Professor from 1972 – 1975.

Jonathan is a remarkable fellow: after serving in the Air Force in the late 1960s, he went on to a long, varied, and accomplished career in healthcare administration in New York City and northern New Jersey. In addition to his professional positions, Jonathan volunteered for and lead multiple boards, advisory groups, and task forces, including serving as chair of the board of the NJ Hospital Association. As president and CEO of the Jersey City Medical Center, Jonathan oversaw the building of an entirely new hospital that not only enhanced care in that community, but from which visitors, patients, and staff can look out at the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.PH.

Now, after five decades in healthcare, Jonathan is focusing on his legacy. His teaching at Zicklin is just one way in which Jonathan is passing his extensive knowledge and experience on to those coming after him. He also authors a blog titled Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands(TM)  where he shares his views on healthcare policy as both a practitioner and an academician. Jonathan’s goal is to position his blog as a resource for healthcare management students today and in the future. CAHME accredited program faculty are welcome to use the site for instructional content. If faculty want to contact Jonathan, he can be reached at jonathanmetsch@gmail.com.

The passion, commitment, and dedication to service that came through in my conversation with Jonathan typifies an attitude I see in many CAHME program faculty members, many of whom come to teaching after years in professional practice, and who see their work in CAHME-accredited programs as a way to give back and build a legacy. The students at Zicklin have clearly benefited in learning from Jonathan Metsch and his colleagues at Baruch. It speaks well of the program and the development of future healthcare leaders.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

Anthony Stanowski (second from right, rear) visited with healthcare MBA students and faculty at the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, C.U.N.Y., in July.

Getting the Right People on the Bus

One of the principles described in Jim Collins’ classic business book, Good to Great, is “getting the right people on the bus.” Great organizations must have close alignment between the skills of their staff, the needs of customers, and the organization’s mission.

Which brings me to Eric Brichto, Esq.

Eric was recently promoted to become CAHME’s Vice President for Accreditation Operations and Counsel. In this role, Eric is responsible for the administration of CAHME’s accreditation activities. He has been deeply involved in the growth of accredited programs and in shepherding CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking and the Chair’s Mentorship Circle. Since joining CAHME five years ago, Eric has developed extensive experience and insight into all phases of CAHME accreditation policies and practices. The universities and schools we serve know Eric for his depth of experience, his knowledge, and his orientation toward service and problem solving. His promotion helps to move CAHME forward and greatly enhances our efforts as CAHME adapts to future challenges.

Eric Brichto, Esq.

I could go on to extoll Eric’s education (a BA from George Washington University and a JD from the University of Baltimore), or his varied work experience (including stints with the Department of Justice, the USDA, and with the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General). But what tells you more about Eric is that he is a bona fide hero. In 2014, while driving on I-95 in Rhode Island early one morning, Eric came upon a collision between a car and an 18-wheeler. Eric pulled over to assist the woman driving the car. As he calmed the injured driver, Eric noticed her car was on fire. He quickly removed the woman from the vehicle just before it was engulfed in flames. His quick action saved a life.

Eric–shown here presenting CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking process at the recent AUPHA meeting–brings that same level of compassion, dedication, and quick thinking to CAHME every day. We are indeed fortunate to have him “on the bus” at CAHME.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

 

CAHME – Aramark Innovation Grant Application Now Available

The application for the CAHME-Aramark grant program is now available! This three-year partnership with Aramark supports grants to students in CAHME-accredited programs also served by Aramark. We are grateful for Aramark’s generous support that will fund a range of experiences for students.

Grants will be awarded for initiatives that support participation of healthcare management students in research, seminars, case study competitions, and other related activities.

In a press release, Victor Crawford, Aramark’s chief operating officer for Healthcare, Facilities, and Higher Education noted that 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.”

The grant application is now available on the CAHME web site. Four grants will be awarded in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  The deadline for this year’s grants is August 15, and awards will be announced on September 15. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from CAHME, Aramark, and independent organizations.

I deeply appreciate the support of Aramark and all of CAHME’s corporate partners who share our mission of promoting excellence in graduate healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President and CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org