|Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE partners with the Shidler College of Business|
|Lieutenant Colonel Tanya Peacock, FACHE, Medical Service Corps, United States Army|
According to the official policy position of the American College of Healthcare Executives (2013), “a graduate degree is a minimum requirement for entry to executive healthcare management.” Graduate degrees in healthcare administration are of varying quality. Unfortunately, some programs do not adequately prepare students for future challenges. To assist students and future healthcare leaders, ACHE has developed the Higher Education Network, which is a tool that students may use to identify programs which are regionally accredited and offer an identifiable degree in Healthcare management. http://www.ache.org/faculty_students/higher_education.cfm
To date, the universities within the state of Hawaii do not offer a graduate-level education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). There is demand for executive healthcare education in Hawaii, as evidenced by the 125 member organizations of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
To meet the needs of healthcare executives within the state, the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE has partnered with the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa, to offer a Distance Learning Executive MBA in Health Care Management Program beginning in August of 2014.
The Shidler College of Business was selected as a partner for a number of reasons. Many physician and nurse leaders, as well as future healthcare administrators, are already pursuing a Master's of Business Administration through the Shidler College of Business. The College is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition, the Shidler College of Business is highly ranked among the nation’s international business programs by U.S. News and World Report.
Efforts to initiate a conversation with the Shidler College of Business began in November 2013. Based on guidance received by Martha Smith, Chapter President, and Darlena Chadwick, incoming Chapter President, preliminary research was done and an initial meeting was organized for February 2014. The Regent, Coral Andrews, FACHE, was instrumental in facilitating the discussion and leveraging resources between the American College of Healthcare Executives at the national-level and the University of Hawaii. The initial meeting, attended by the Dean of the Shidler College of Business, Professor V. Vance Roley; the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor John E. Butler, the Assistant Dean for Student Services; Robin Hadwick; and the Director of Custom Executive Programs, Alice Li Hagan, set the conditions for establishing a partnership between the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE and the Shidler College of Business.
Working together, the Distance Learning Executive MBA in Health Care Management Program was established. A rigorous and relevant curriculum for the five Health Care Management Program electives was developed using the ACHE Competencies Assessment Tool: https://www.ache.org/pdf/nonsecure/careers/competencies_booklet.pdf.
The faculty members at the Shidler College of Business have a wealth of experience in the area of Healthcare management. Professor Dana Alden was selected to serve as the initial Faculty Director for the program. A distinguished professor of Marketing, Professor Alden's research interests include Health Care Marketing services theory and application. He has received a $60,000 Grant from the Keck Foundation (2011) to pursue a project in Patient-Physician Decision-Making and has taught extensively at the executive level at the Hawaii’ Pacific Health Program, UH CBA; Taipei Physician Social Marketing Course, Johns Hopkins/UH CBA; Social Marketing, Hanoi School of Public Health; and the Johns Hopkins/UH Winter Institute, APCED.
Alice Li Hagan, Director of Custom Executive Programs (Left)
Professor Dana L. Alden, Faculty Director, DLEMBA Program,
Health Care Management (Right)
The Shidler College of Business is interested in developing an Advisory Board to serve as a mechanism for community outreach. The Advisory Board would consist of 15-20 Hawaii-Pacific ACHE chapter members and would ideally be comprised of the various types of healthcare organizations (such as hospital systems, community health organizations, Department of Defense, and Veterans Affairs) and constituents (such as administrators, physician leaders, nurse leaders, etc.) on Oahu, the Neighbor Islands and Guam. If you are interested in serving as part of the advisory board or if you are interested in hosting an information session for your organization please contact the Hawaii-Pacific Regent, Coral Andrews at email@example.com.
The establishment of this program required extensive coordination and, in particular, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of Professor Kiyohiko Ito, Management Professor, Shidler College of Business; Professor John E. Butler, Assistant Dean for Student Services; Professor Lee W. Bewley, FACHE, Program Director, Army-Baylor Program in Health and Business Administration; Professor Peter Hilsenrath, Chair of Healthcare Management and Economics at the University of the Pacific; Professor Errol L. Biggs, FACHE, Director of Programs, Health Administration, University of Colorado Denver; Mark Stevenson, FACHE, Regent-at-Large, Region V; Desmond Ryan, FACHE, Associate Director, Regional Services, ACHE; and Gerard J. Berish, Director of Regional services for ACHE, for their contributions to the establishment of the program.