Adrianne Cancillieri Bio

Adrianne Cancillieri is the Accreditation Coordinator for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, known as CAHME. In this role she is responsible for all administrative support.

Prior to joining CAHME, Adrianne held a role as a Human Resource Benefit Coordinator at one of New Jersey’s largest not-for-profit healthcare companies. Adrianne’s main responsibilities were to handle employee benefits for over 16,000 employees and coordinate the application process for FORTUNE® 100 each year. She assisted in getting the company recognized on the FORTUNE® 100 list for over 9 years.

In addition, she was responsible for maintaining the company’s benefit program and contracting with physicians to join the company’s self-insured benefit plan.

Adrianne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College.

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.

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.

Press Release CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant Winners Announced

Press Release: CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant Winners Announced


ROCKVILLE, MD., October 19, 2017 CAHME and Aramark are proud to announce the winners of the grants to CAHME-accredited programs also served by Aramark. CAHME and Aramark share a goal to drive innovation and excellence in healthcare management education. We are grateful for Aramark’s generous support which will fund a range of experiences for students in CAHME-accredited programs. Grants are awarded for initiatives that support participation of healthcare management students in research, seminars, case study competitions, and other related activities.

CAHME and Aramark are pleased to announce eight winners of the first CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grants. Because of the high volume and quality of applications, the number of winners was expanded from four to eight. Two grants have been awarded $5,000 each, while six will receive $3,660 each.

“When CAHME and Aramark announced the grant program earlier this year, we knew we wanted to recognize innovative ideas in improving graduate healthcare management education,” said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME. “It was gratifying to have so many applications for support, and we are grateful for Aramark’s generosity in expanding the number of winners.”

A blue-ribbon panel of healthcare and Aramark executives reviewed the applications. Panelists included :

  1. Jack Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Main Line Health System
  2. David McCombs, Vice President of ERP/Supply Chain Operations, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
  3. Doug Silverstein, President, Evanston Hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem
  4. Madeline Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  5. Victor Crawford, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, Facilities, and Higher Education, Aramark

This year, we are able to offer eight grants. The winners are:

Program Description Award
The George Washington University and
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciencess
Developing interview skills $5,000
University of Memphis Expand professional leadership training for students $5,000
St Louis University Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
University of Iowa Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
Expand case competition opportunities and professional conferences for students $3,660
University of Scranton Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
Virginia Commonwealth
Support student attendance at ACHE $3,660
Widener University Expand case competition opportunities $3,660

In funding the grants, Mr. Crawford noted “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.”

CAHME, along with Aramark, congratulates the winning programs and believes the students benefiting from these grants will be better prepared to serve the healthcare industry and the community in the future.

Applications for the next round of grants will be available in the summer of 2018.

About CAHME:

CAHME serves the public interest by advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education in the United States and Canada. CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education. CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers that ensure the integrity of healthcare management education. For more information, visit:

Media Contact:

CAHME: Anthony Stanowski | | (301) 298-1823

First CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Presidential Honoree Named


ROCKVILLE, MD., October 6, 2017 / The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has named Samantha Clark as the first recipient of the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Presidential Honorarium. The Honorarium includes a $2,000 scholarship. Samantha is a second-year student in the University of Washington Masters in Health Administration program. The Honorarium recognizes graduate healthcare management students who embody the spirit and attitude of Dawn Gideon.

Dawn, herself a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. In Dawn’s memory, her family, friends, and colleagues founded The Dawn Gideon Foundation to support opportunities for education, development, and research in healthcare management, with a special focus on empowering women in the field. “Samantha Clark’s tenacity, intelligence, and resourcefulness—as described by her teachers and colleagues at the University of Washington—make her a worthy recipient of this award,” said Dr. Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME.

Samantha entered UW’s program after working several years as a healthcare social worker and case manager. As a first-year graduate student, she was part of the UW team that achieved second place in the highly competitive University of Alabama Health Administration Case Competition. This past summer Samantha interned with the Northwest Physicians Network in Puget Sound, and is now, in addition to her classwork, consulting with the NW Providence Medical Group in its Quality High Reliability department.

“CAHME is grateful to the Dawn Gideon Foundation for its support in helping to recognize future leaders in healthcare,” Dr. Stanowski said.



Press Release CAHME Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Criteria

Press Release: CAHME Releases New Standards for Healthcare Management Education


ROCKVILLE, MD., November 21, 2016 / The 2016 election highlighted the ongoing change that is inherent in healthcare. The management of this change is the responsibility of the dedicated men and women who, behind the scenes of the clinical setting, bring their leadership and management skills to ensure the success in healthcare organizations. Many healthcare leaders learn their unique skills in graduate programs in healthcare administration – programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

To ensure that the graduates of those programs continue to be well prepared to lead the change vital to individual health and that or the population at large, the CAHME Board of Directors unanimously approved revisions to their accreditation criteria for these programs. During a one-year process, leaders from academia, employers and the public provided valuable input to the criteria review process. Following the Board’s decision on November 14, 2016, the revised criteria is effective at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

CAHME’s mission is to serve the public interest by advancing the quality of healthcare management education. The revised criteria will further this mission by fostering quality and innovation in graduate education in healthcare management. They will also further the competency-based approach to education on which CAHME accreditation is based and will continue to advance already successful student outcomes. Graduates of CAHME accredited programs enjoy an average 95% employment placement rate and are among the top leaders in healthcare.

Anthony C Stanowski, DHA, CAHME President and CEO stated: “This revision of the accreditation criteria reflects the input of those in the community of scholars in academia and in the employer communities. Their participation and dedication in this process furthers our commitment to ensure the highest quality education for the next generation of healthcare leaders”.

Daniel J. West, PhD., Board Chair of CAHME, and Professor & Chairman in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources at the University of Scranton noted: “We are deeply appreciative of the dedicated professionals and members of the public who worked to review and revise the CAHME accreditation standards. The end result is an even deeper commitment to continuous quality improvement in graduate programs in healthcare management throughout the U.S. and Canada. The revised criteria enable those in academia to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders for the challenges they will face in working through the change expected in healthcare, to insure that all those who need care are able to receive it.”

To review the 2017 CAHME eligibility requirements and accreditation criteria, visit our website.

About CAHME:

CAHME serves the public interest by advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education in the United States and Canada. CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education. CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers that ensure the integrity of healthcare management education. For more information, visit:

Media Contact:

CAHME: Anthony Stanowski | | (301) 298-1823