CAHME Award Program Applications Now Available

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

With gratitude for our corporate partners, CAHME is pleased to announce that application forms for our annual awards are now available on our web site. This year, we have three awards open to CAHME-accredited programs:

The CAHME/Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development will recognize a program that excels in its commitment to leadership development in the healthcare industry.

The CAHME/Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education will recognize a program that excels in incorporating healthcare quality improvement in its curriculum.

The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice will recognize a program that substantially integrates concepts of sustainability and social responsibility in healthcare management education.

Each winning program will receive $5,000 in award money to support its efforts in the area of the award. Winners will also be featured in CAHME communications and on our web site, along with a special notification in Modern Healthcare magazine. The winning programs will be announced in January 2019, and awards will be presented during the ACHE 2019 Congress on March 3 in Chicago. One representative from each winning program will receive one night of hotel accommodation and roundtrip coach airfare to and from Chicago.

More information about the award sponsors, application forms and instructions, applications from past winners, and helpful tips on how to apply, are available on our web site. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME Awards Program Approaching

With the approach of a new school year for CAHME programs, it’s not too soon to start thinking about the annual CAHME Awards program. Applications for the 2019 awards will be available soon on our web site, but in the meantime, I encourage you to spend some time watching videos highlighting our 2018 winners.

In addition to learning why this year’s winners were chosen, you can also find extensive information about the awards program and prior years’ winners, as well as a special 30-minute video that provides “dos and don’ts” advice for winning an award. The awards program features CAHME programs that excel in areas of leadership education, quality improvement education, and sustainability.  As always, we are grateful to CAHME’s corporate partners: Ascension, Baylor Scott and White, and Canon.

The CAHME Awards program is central to our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare information. Our goal is not only to recognize programs that excel in key areas, but to encourage other programs to learn about best practices and apply them to their own programs. In this way, CAHME awards can encourage continued excellence and innovation across the entire field of graduate healthcare management education.

I encourage you to learn more and to apply for the CAHME Awards when the applications are available in September.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

President & CEO


Eric Hamscher Bio

Eric Hamscher holds a BA in Global Politics from Washington& Lee University and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an MBA and MS dual degree candidate concentrating in Healthcare Management and Innovation Management at Temple’s Fox School of Business. Eric spent two years with Teach For America in North Philadelphia before transitioning into three years of clinical research and laboratory medicine roles at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center and Hahnemann University Hospital. Eric completed an administrative healthcare internship this summer with JPS Health Network in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas,where he focused on community health initiatives and quality improvement projects. Upon graduation, Eric will be joining Johns Hopkins Medicine as an Administrative Fellow. He aspires to become a dynamic leader within the healthcare industry by continuing to develop skills around creative problem-solving, business analytics, change management, and servant leadership.Ultimately, Eric seeks to create lasting impact for patients, providers, and the community at large.

Bio: Ethan Kannel

Ethan Kannel is an intern overseeing CAHME’s annual awards process and supporting accreditation development.

Ethan received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and is currently an MBA Candidate at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. After graduating from Cornell, Ethan became a Venture for America Fellow and moved to Philadelphia to work at a custom merchandise start-up called NEU. After his 3rd shoulder surgery he transitioned his career into healthcare in order to improve the patient experience.

He worked as a patient advocate at Accolade for a year and a half before returning to Temple to transition from insurance to the provider side. This summer Ethan is working as an operations intern at Penn Medicine for the faculty practice.

At Temple Ethan has been recognized as the 2019 Charles P. Hall Scholar, and the Dean’s Tuition Scholar.

Bio: Jennifer Furjanic, MBA

Jennifer Furjanic is the Vice President of Accreditation Operations for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, known as CAHME. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of CAHME’s accreditation activities. She joined CAHME July 1, 2019.

Prior to joining CAHME, Jennifer worked for Dunwoody Village, one of Philadelphia Main Line’s premier continuing care retirement communities, as head of Community Relations. She’s held leadership and management positions at The Board of Pensions of the PCUSA and The Vanguard Group.

She serves on the Board and two committees for The Family Support of Delaware County and has volunteered for numerous organizations including Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Providence Animal Center, Philabundance and the United Way. Jennifer received her BA in Business Communication from Thiel College and her MBA in Healthcare Management from the CAHME-accredited program at Widener University. She has completed continuing and professional education from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband Jonathan and her dog Kirbie; horseback riding; boating; and reading.

Bio: Melissa Sanseverino, CPA

Melissa Sanseverino is the Accounting Coordinator for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, known as CAHME. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of CAHME accounting, billing, payroll, banking, and other important financial activities.

Prior to joining CAHME, Melissa held positions in both the public and private sectors of accounting. Melissa held a role as a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young, one of the Big 4 accounting firms, where she performed financial statement audits of large SEC and non-SEC clients in the Media and Entertainment, Pharmaceutical and Industrial Products industries.

Additionally, Melissa held a role as a Senior Accountant at L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics company, where she was primarily responsible for financial statement and budget/trend analysis for the Consumer Products Division.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The College of New Jersey and is Board Certified by the New Jersey Board of Accountancy as a Certified Public Accountant.

Bio : Jennifer I. Csernica, MBA

Jennifer Csernica is the Accreditation Coordinator for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, known as CAHME.  In this role, she is responsible for supporting the Vice President of Accreditation with all accreditation activities.

Prior to joining CAHME, Jennifer worked for the private bank and global custodian, Brown Brothers Harriman, as a manager and officer of the bank in a client service-based cash management team.  She most recently held the position of Consultant of Advanced Analytics at Liberty Mutual Insurance, providing comprehensive business recommendations to their customer service organization by using data-driven insights.

Jennifer received her BS in Finance and Economics from Babson College and her MBA in Finance and Strategy, Business Analysis from the Boston University Graduate School of Management.