With a theme of “Creating a Healthy America Together: Serving our Communities,” the case competition asked teams to focus on making Oakland, CA, “The Healthiest City in America.” The UNC team took first place with a presentation that went beyond traditional boundaries of healthcare to include issues such as how the city can address “food deserts” and improve access to fresh food and produce.
I’ve attended the NAHSE annual conferences for nearly a decade. NAHSE’s focus on mentorship and career growth for African-American healthcare executives and graduate healthcare management students makes it one of the most effective forces for enhancing diversity and cultural competencies in healthcare. This work is vitally important, and is consistent with CAHME’s mission of supporting the development of future healthcare leaders.
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.
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.
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
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 The 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.