|A Pledge to Excellence in Healthcare Leadership|
|Submitted By: Michael A. King, FACHE|
After I achieved Fellow status in the College, I started using the
FACHE moniker on my signature line, as the ACHE encourages. Many times, I got questions as to the meaning
of “FACHE”….or for what it stands. In
addition, I had several colleagues ask why they should they expend the time and
energy in achieving this level in the College.
Typically, to a non-healthcare individual, I would state that the Fellow (board
certification) status was to a healthcare executive as board certification was
to a physician. More often than not, the
person I talked to could relate to this analogy. To my colleagues, I spent time talking about
commitment to the profession and pointed out that in job searches, the Fellow status was a
mark of distinction and helped to differentiate candidates from the “pack.”
All of this came up because I recently happened to come across a
copy of the ACHE Fellow pledge in my files. The pledge is spoken aloud at the Convocation Ceremony in Chicago during
the annual advancement ceremony.
Speaking the pledge during the ceremony reminds me of the same
feeling I had when I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. Every week, we would fall into formation,
make the scout sign, and recite out loud, for all to hear, the Scout Oath and
Promise. Why would we recite it out loud to a room full
of people who knew it by heart? Guess
it’s obvious….but we did it to remind ourselves, on a weekly basis, who we were, what we believed, and how we
should conduct ourselves. It reminded us
of why we were scouts and of our pledge to our community and to each other.
So, how does this relate? The
Fellow pledge is a promise, an oath to act or conduct ourselves in a certain
manner and commit to a greater good. This is especially important in a time when integrity is automatically
challenged and “greater goods” get
subordinated to individual agendas. Am I
suggesting that we say this pledge out loud everyday….not likely going to
happen. But it wouldn’t hurt to conveniently
leave a copy on our desk, in a prominent place, to remind us of who we pledge
ourselves to be in this challenging and changing world. It is a good pledge regardless of whether the
FACHE credential has been achieved. It is aspirational and should, well lived,
be inspirational to those around us.
So, here it is: "As a Fellow in the American College of
Healthcare Executives, I pledge to:
1. Abide by its Code of Ethics
2. Contribute to the advancement of
our profession by exemplifying competence and leadership in healthcare
3. Commit to lifelong learning by
maintaining a personal program of continuing education.
4. Contribute to the improvement of
my community's health status.
5. Enhance our profession through
leadership in a wide range of community and professional activities.
6. Uphold and further the mission of
the American College of Healthcare Executives to advance healthcare management