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.
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
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
Every four years, CAHME performs a comprehensive review of the criteria for accreditation. Our latest review was completed and approved by the CAHME Board in late 2016, after the CAHME Standards Council received input from program directors, students, employers, corporate members, and other stakeholders. Phase in of the new standards is underway and they will apply to programs beginning their self-study this fall. (Note that program site visits in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 will be under current standards.)
Some highlights of key changes in the eligibility standards and accreditation criteria include:
Clarification of criteria;
Using the term “health sector” to replace “healthcare system” as a reflection that health management extends beyond hospital walls;
Eligibility Standards, including expansion of competency assessment for program evaluation and quality improvement.
The full set of revise criteria is available on the CAHME web site and we are developing an updated Self Study Guide that will be available this summer.
The CAHME Boot Camp at the AUPHA Annual Meeting will be a great opportunity to learn more about the new standards, and we encourage you to attend.
Our work is not yet complete. In the next step, the Standards Council will revise the “Worksheet” of questions that site visitors use and that helps to guide Programs as they prepare their Self Study in advance of an accreditation visit.
For question about the standards, contact Eric Brichto, Director and Counsel, Accreditation Operations, at 301-298-1820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUPHA-CAHME STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO COLLABORATION
Arlington, VA, and Rockville, MD – March 22, 2016 – As the health sector pursues collaboration in order to add value in a rapidly changing marketplace, so too are opportunities for collaboration between the Association for University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) emerging to add value to healthcare management education. On January 5, 2016, the executive leadership of CAHME and AUPHA met to identify opportunities to capitalize on the strengths of both organizations. A number of initiatives were considered and we agreed to continue to pursue several opportunities for collaboration. In the short run, we agreed to communicate our joint commitment; to plan one meeting of the Boards annually to facilitate communication; and to integrate data collection and data access for AUPHA members and CAHME accredited programs. At the same time, leadership of both organizations will continue to meet regularly to ensure that we continue to work together to meet our constituents’ needs.