CAHME Awards Student Scholarship and Faculty Research Grant

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce the recipients of our newest scholarship and faculty grant awards:

CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship for Health Policy
Our first Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship for Health Policy has been awarded to Kelly Page, a first year Master of Healthcare Administration student in the Health Policy and Management Department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Kelly is a member of the executive board of the Health Policy and Management Student Council and

Kelly Page

also serves as a Senator for the Graduate and Professional Student Federation. She also chaired an educational service organization to address health disparities experienced by young women in Nairobi, Kenya. Through her collaboration with a non-profit there, she was able to provide access to personal hygiene products and health education to more than 100 young women. In nominating Kelly, Jeffrey Simms, MSPH, of the Gillings School at UNC wrote “Judy Baar Topinka dedicated her life to the service of others and the pursuit of accessible care for the people of Illinois. We feel Kelly exemplifies these same characteristics and we are confident that she will continue this beyond her academic career into her professional career.” Congratulations, Kelly!

CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Best Paper for Empirical Research Award
Congratulations to Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH; Peter Mallow, PhD; and Michelle Oglesby, MS, of the Xavier University Department of Health Services Administration for receiving the first CAHME/WRDS Best Paper for Empirical Research Award. The award recognizes the authors’ use of data for an innovative analysis of Emergency Department visits, which was published in the January 2019 issue of the Journal of Emergency Medicine. 

The article, titled “Characteristics and Trends of Emergency Department Visits in the United States (2010 – 2014)” describes how the authors used national claims data for ED visits to develop a new classification system that more accurately identified what health issues drive patients to hospital Emergency Departments. Among the article’s surprise findings: mental health and substance abuse are the second-most frequent reason for ED usage. Under earlier analysis systems, mental health did not appear in the top 20 diagnoses.

In a press release, lead author Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH, said “This type of analysis is important for healthcare leaders and policy makers. It provides an invaluable tool to aid in resourcing and staffing the emergency department. For instance, we have seen a decline in mental health and substance abuse beds, but our results show that we should be adding more inpatient psychiatric beds to serve this vulnerable population.”

In making the award, Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS noted that working with CAHME “is a natural partnership for WRDS, and we look forward to highlighting high-quality, impactful research from the sector.” A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to enable impactful research. The CAHME/WRDS Award includes a grant of $1,500. The award program is open to only to faculty of CAHME-accredited programs.

CAHME is grateful to partner with WRDS and the Judy Baar Topinka Foundation for these awards and scholarships that help to highlight programs and students who are advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME Awards Recognize Programs Advancing Healthcare Management Education

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

One of the yearly highlights for CAHME is our annual Awards Luncheon where we recognize CAHME award, grant, and scholarship recipients.  This year’s luncheon, held last weekend as part of the ACHE Congress in Chicago, highlighted future leaders of healthcare and celebrated excellence in advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

CAHME Award Recipients
Deb Bowen, President and CEO of ACHE, welcomed the attendees. ACHE was the event sponsor. Fawn Lopez, publisher of Modern Healthcare Magazine, also addressed the audience. We are grateful for Modern Healthcare’s support in publicizing the winners each year as our marketing sponsor.

Video presentations from all three winning these programs are featured on the CAHME web site.

Aramark Innovation Grant Recipients
Aramark selected four programs to receive a $4,000 CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant.  The grants were given to:

CAHME Scholarships
Kaitlyn Chana and Kwamane Liddell were awarded the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship and the CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship respectively.  We announced the new CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Grant and CAHME’s newest scholarship, named in honor of Judy Baar Topinka, a pioneering  leader in Illinois politics and health policy.

CAHME thanks deeply the many people and organizations who make our awards, scholarships, grants, and the annual Awards Luncheon possible. They are our partners in supporting the advancement the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME Scholarship Winners Announced; New Scholarship Added

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE


I am pleased to share this year’s winners of the CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship and the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship, and to announce that CAHME has added a third scholarship opportunity that is now accepting applications.


Kwamane Liddell has received the 2019 CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship honors Tim

Kwamane Liddell

Campbell, a business leader and CAHME board member who believed in hard work and selfless service. Mr. Liddell began his career in healthcare as a janitor after he dropped out of college in 2010. The experience inspired him to pursue nursing. He became the first African American man to graduate from the Southern Illinois University School of Nursing at Carbondale. As a trauma nurse, he saw first-hand how inequities within minority communities impact healthcare. That experience led him to pursue a dual Law Degree and Master of Health Administration at Saint Louis University. Mr. Liddell believes in mentorship to improve underserved communities and has engaged more than 500 students in the last three years. He developed a program to bring young professionals to high schools to discuss careers, personal finance, and life lessons.

Kaitlyn Chana


Kaitlyn Chana has received the 2019 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is named for Dawn Gideon, a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. Before pursuing advanced study in healthcare management, Ms. Chana worked as a television news reporter in Maine and Florida. She came to see the power in storytelling and ultimately founded a non-profit organization called Reel Stories. Real People. that uses video to tell positive stories of exceptional people in communities. Ms. Chana is pursuing her master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida. She’s working on incorporating storytelling in healthcare to improve patient care. She has also used her own experience as a survivor of eating disorders to develop curriculum that help schools better approach issues around eating disorders and mental health. “I know Dawn would see in Kaitlyn a woman who shares Dawn’s passion for making things better for others,” said Kevin Altomari, chairman of the Dawn Gideon Foundation. “We are pleased to support Kaitlyn on her journey to leadership in healthcare.”


Judy Baar Topinka

In addition to these two winners, I am excited to announce the CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship will award $2,000 to a graduate student in healthcare management education at a CAHME-accredited program. Judy Baar Topinka began her career in journalism and went on to blaze a pioneering path as a public servant in Illinois. First elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1980, Judy later became a state senator and was elected as the first woman to serve as the state’s Treasurer. As a legislator and civic leader, Judy was an advocate for the health and welfare of the residents of Illinois. Many of her legislative achievements focus on improving healthcare quality and access. Her expertise in health policy led her to chair the Health and Welfare Committee of the Illinois Senate. She believed in public service and was tireless in her advocacy of those in need. She believed in passion, hard work, ethical leadership, and persistence. The successful applicant will share these qualities and characteristics.

Details about the scholarship, application forms, criteria, and deadlines are available on the CAHME web site. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019, and a winner will be announced in April.

CAHME is grateful to our partnering organizations that make these scholarships available, and for the remarkable winners who will be future leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME Scholarships Seeking Nominations

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce that we are once again offering scholarship opportunities to honor two individuals who embodied integrity, innovation, and service in the healthcare profession. The scholarships are available to students in CAHME-accredited programs.

The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Scholarship is designed to support future women leaders in healthcare, especially those who demonstrate a commitment to serving communities in need. The Scholarship honors the memory of Dawn Gideon, herself a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh. Winners will receive $2,000. The nomination form, along with information about the current scholarship winner is available on our web site.

The CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship honors the memory of Tim Campbell, a CAHME-board member who embodied a commitment to service and volunteerism. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student at a CAHME-accredited program who reflects Tim’s values of service and helping others reach their full potential. The nomination form, along with information about this year’s winner is available on our web site.

We are grateful to both the Dawn Gideon Foundation and the friends and family of Tim Campbell whose generosity makes these scholarships possible.

Applications for both scholarships are due to CAHME by November 21, 2018, and will be reviewed by CAHME staff, along with associates of the Dawn Gideon Foundation and friends and family of Tim Campbell. We will announce the scholarship winners in January 2019.

Please contact Eric Hamscher at for more information.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME Scholarship Winners Announced

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce the winners of scholarships that honor of two remarkable people and healthcare leaders.

Callie Parks

The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship is named in memory of Dawn Gideon, who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed and who herself graduated from a CAHME-accredited MHA program at the University of Pittsburgh. This year’s winner is Callie Parks, a student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Master of Health Administration Program. Callie’s nomination noted her intellectual and academic excellence, her leadership and communication skills, and her commitment to innovation and service to others.

The CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship is named for Tim Campbell, a CAHME board member who personified a commitment to service and volunteerism. This is the first year for the scholarship, and the winner is Jay McCutcheon, an MHA student at the University of Memphis Health Administration Program. While pursuing his studies, Jay also serves as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He also volunteers with his school’s MHA Student Association which connects students to local serve local programs such as the Ronald McDonald House. Jay is known as a “focused, mission-driven servant leader.”

Jay McCutcheon

I can’t help but think both Dawn and Tim would be very pleased to know that Callie and Jay are receiving scholarships that reflect the values and qualities that Dawn and Tim embodied and encouraged in others.

Congratulations to both Callie and Jay. The healthcare industry looks forward to your leadership in the years ahead.

President & CEO

Students at the Center

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

While attending the Ohio State University healthcare case competition last week, I was struck by the intellect, discipline, and energy of the student competitors. And just as remarkable as the competitors: the OSU students who organized the entire event. From conception to organization to execution, the OSU case competition was a testament to the tremendous pool of talent from which our future healthcare leaders are rising. Congratulations to the team from the University of Michigan for their first-place prize in the competition!

The first place finishing team from the University of Michigan, from left: Chanell Cook, Esha Kamath, and Rebecca Cray. The case competition asked students to develop strategies for addressing diabetes in communities around Columbus, Ohio.

I find this rewarding because it confirms the importance of CAHME’s work to make sure students receive a top-notch education in graduate healthcare management. Case competitions at CAHME-accredited programs like OSU are just part of that equation. More recently, CAHME has established two scholarships to recognize and help support students in their pursuit of careers in healthcare management.

The CAHME – Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship honors Dawn Gideon by identifying potential leaders who embody the skills, imagination, commitment, and compassion that Dawn possessed in service to communities in need. Dawn was herself a graduate of the CAHME-accredited University of Pittsburgh program. The other scholarship honors a former CAHME Board member, Tim Campbell. The CAHME – Tim Campbell Scholarship supports students who reflect Tim’s commitment to service and volunteerism. Both scholarships are open only to students from CAHME-accredited programs, and are nominated by their program directors. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 25, 2018.

OSU student organizers of the case competition, from left: (back row) Thomas Baldauf, Lizzy Johnsen, Alaina Stewart, Stefany Mayhew, Amanda Stopek and (front row) Reed Franklin, Sarah Ryan, Jahnna Lydic, Esther Olsen, Sara Butauski.

At CAHME, we like to talk about our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education. Achieving this mission is a cooperative effort involving academic institutions, healthcare organizations and businesses, and CAHME.  Having resources such as case competitions and scholarships available for students gives me confidence that these future leaders of healthcare will make a difference.

President & CEO

Benchmarking and Mentorship Encourage Quality Improvement; New Scholarships Announced

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce three new initiatives underway this Spring: The CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC), Enhanced Benchmarking, and, to comply with CHEA standards, the addition of program data available on the CAHME website.

The CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) designation will recognize CAHME accredited programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence not only to their own programs, but across the broader field of graduate healthcare management education. CMC-designated programs will engage in mentorship, best practice dissemination, and other activities that support CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education. The deadline for initial applications is April 16, 2018, and a second application deadline is scheduled for September 1, 2018.

CAHME Enhanced Benchmarking is intended to be a resource for programs pursuing continuous quality improvement. Enhanced Benchmarking includes two distinct aspects: the ability to access and compare limited site visit report information (which includes self-study information), and the ability to access and compare annual report data.  This capability enables CAHME -accredited programs that share their data to review data from other programs that also share their data. Participation in Enhanced Benchmarking is one of the requirements for achieving Mentorship Circle designation.  Programs should sign up to activate this capability offered through the eAccreditation system; training on the tool will be scheduled in late May.

Program data on the CAHME website: To comply with new standards required by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (which provides formal recognition to CAHME as an accrediting body), CAHME’s board asked management to make additional program statistics available on our web site. These will provide potential students with data about applications, enrollment, curriculum, job placement, and other metrics. CAHME will use the annual report data and a summary of the accreditation site visit to populate the report.  Programs have until April 20, 2018 to submit changes to CAHME;  the data will go live on May 4, 2018.

More information, including the content from a recent webinar, is available on the CAHME web site. I encourage you to learn more about these three important initiatives.

I also want to draw your attention to two scholarship programs that honor remarkable leaders in business and healthcare. Nominations are now being accepted for the CAHME – Tim Campbell Scholarship, which supports students who reflect Tim Campbell’s commitment to service and volunteerism. The CAHME – Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship honors Dawn Gideon and her commitment to supporting women in healthcare management. We encourage programs to nominate deserving students for these two scholarships.

President & CEO