CAHME’s Global Perspectives Expanding

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

“Think Globally, Act Locally” a familiar bumper sticker reads. CAHME, however, is both thinking and acting globally as part of our strategic focus on creating global accreditation standards for healthcare management education. We established a Global Advisory Council in late 2017 to begin the work of organizing a process for global accreditation as a “backbone” of professionalism in healthcare management. We are leveraging the relationships faculty from CAHME-accredited programs already have with universities around the globe.

Interest in accreditation for programs across the world is accelerating. In addition to CAHME’s ongoing work with programs in Nairobi, Kenya, and Tblisi, Georgia, we have had discussions with programs in Thailand, India, Brazil, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the Slovak Republic, and Grenada. 

This summer, the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal will publish an article co-authored by myself, Daniel J. West, PhD, FACHE, of the University of ScrantonBernardo Ramirez, MD, MBA, of the University of Central Florida; and Robert Hernandez, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham exploring how CAHME’s emphasis on competencies can be adopted by programs internationally. The benefits to these international programs are the same as have been seen by CAHME-accredited programs in the US and Canada for the past 50 years: to validate educational quality, to assure the relevance of management education to the healthcare profession, to help students choose a program with confidence in its content and standards, and to provide a framework for continuous improvement in the industry. I will share the article with you upon its publication. (CAHME-accredited programs can also subscribe to the journal at a special discounted price of just $150 a year. Email journal@ihf-fih.org to learn more.) 

These same themes are highlighted in the next episode of CAHME’s Getting to 100 video series. Episode 7: Global Perspective features Sherril Gelmon, MHSc, DrPH of Portland State University and Dan West who were interviewed during CAHME’s 50th  anniversary celebration last year.

The creation of global networks among universities is not new and is reflected in such long-standing practices such as health management partnerships, study-abroad programs, or Fulbright and Rhodes Scholarships. CAHME seeks to leverage the relationships of faculty from accredited programs who want to help expand global accreditation through the CAHME Mentorship Circle (contact me if you are interested!).

The International Hospital Federation has endorsed the concept of global accreditation. IHF recognizes that more countries are becoming “players” on the global higher education stage, and that CAHME’s strategy for accrediting programs globally can advance the professional management necessary to lead increasingly complex healthcare systems. This is a difficult, but necessary, challenge, and I believe CAHME, IHF, and our partners can leverage best management practices world-wide, question established behaviors, and create a generation of leaders with the skills, knowledge, ethics, and commitment to become professionals seeking to ensure the health of communities across the globe.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

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
CAHME