Winter 2017
Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG) Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2017
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President's Message
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Membership and Advancement
Congratulations New Fellows!
Welcome New GCHEG Members
ACHE National News
National News Q4 2017
North Carolina Regent Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent
Career Articles
Bring Out the Most in Your Employees: 10 Tips for Managers
GCHEG Member Submitted Articles
2017 GCHEG Scholarship Winners Announced
Scholars Selected for ACHE's Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program
White Men as Full Diversity Partners
Young Health Leaders Summit
MACRA: The Quick Facts
Attitude Starts with Leadership
A Pledge to Excellence in Healthcare Leadership
Optimizing Your Potential: Healthcare Careerist Panel and Discussion Event
Articles of Interest
Ransomware Tops List of Health Technology Safety Hazards
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2018 Day of Service
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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 management.

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 excellence.




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