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


Richard Wells Bio

I have practiced in the field of public affairs, public relations, communications, and marketing for more than 25 years.  After earning a degree in English from the University of Virginia I began my career at The Center For Literacy, a non-profit agency in Philadelphia that provides reading instruction to adults.  While volunteering as a tutor for the Center, I was approached by the executive director to work as the Center’s first public relations director. I helped establish a higher public profile for one of the oldest adult literacy agencies in the nation, professionalizing and expanding the Center’s communications, working the news media, and fundraising.

In the late 1980s, I took a position as a marketing account manager for Graduate Health System.  In 1991, I joined the Main Line Health system as director of public relations and marketing communications for Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood.  Over 16 years with Main Line Health, I fulfilled a series of increasingly responsible positions in the areas of public affairs, marketing, and communications, culminating in a position as vice president of public affairs, serving on the senior management team and reporting to the CEO.

My responsibilities and experiences at MLH required me to develop superb writing, speaking, communications, and strategic planning skills that I used to translate the complex and rapidly changing healthcare industry to internal and external stakeholders, both lay and professional.

I served as the primary spokesman for MLH to the news media and before scores of community groups.  I advised senior management on media training, message development, and delivery at a time when MLH was involved in many controversial issues related to its growth and development.  As a media spokesperson, I represented MLH in crisis situations and was responsible for developing and maintaining the System’s first formal crisis communications plan.

I implemented the first organized government affairs function for MLH, strengthening relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials to achieve advocacy goals and garner state and federal grants.

In 2007 I left Main Line Health and co-founded The Wellynn Group.

I earned an MBA from St. Joseph’s University, and, along with my wife, have raised three children in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

I believe strongly in community service. In recent years I have served on the board of the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd, the Main Line Chamber of Commerce (and its related Foundation), and the former Main Line Chapter of the American Red Cross. I was a founding board member of the Education Foundation of Lower Merion and served as the Foundation’s first president for four years. I continue to serve on the EFLM board and am active in a number of subcommittees.  I am a current board director of the Union Fire Association in Bala Cynwyd, and also serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Wesley Enhanced Living, a non-profit provider of retirement community services in southeastern PA. I am a national board member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, a Jesuit organization that combines volunteer service with spiritual direction for adults.

My other major passion is playing bass guitar, which I do in a band called DNR. We play classic rock and blues in local bars and restaurants, corporate events and private parties, and at benefit events.

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