In This Issue
Kathleen A. Bizarro, FACHE
Peter J. Wright, FACHE
Gerald J. Vicenzi, FACHE
Immediate Past President
Board of Directors
Kris Doody, RN, FACHE
Bea Grause, FACHE
Tina Legere, FACHE
Henry D. Lipman, FACHE
Patsy Aprile, FACHE
Joseph L. Woodin
William J. Lipkin-Moore, FACHE
Karen Clements, FACHE
Guest Contributor Article - Joe Loring, FACHE|
Joe Loring, FACHE
I have worked in the health care field for more years than I would want to publicly admit and have been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives for what is more easily counted by decades, than by years. I suspect that many younger health care professionals more practical than I aspire to becoming a “Fellow “as the next logical step in advancing their heath care leadership career.” For myself, I pursued this end more for self-validation than the next logical step to career advancement.
Last August, I had read that a former colleague, Tina Legere, FACHE, had become the NH Regent to the
College of Healthcare Executives. I contacted her and complimented her on this achievement. During our exchange, she asked me, “what about you, when are you going to advance to Fellow?” Challenged by her words, I decided that it was time for me to do something about my relationship with ACHE.
I had already satisfied requirements for work experience, community service, graduate school education and the non-ACHE continuing education credits. Therefore I signed up for the on-line tutorial available through ACHE to prepare for the Board of Governor’s (BOG) exam in addition to obtaining necessary ACHE Category I credits. Midway through this 12 week on-line tutorial, I also learned of another opportunity available through our local chapter.
Our local ACHE chapter offered a study group that would help prepare for the BOG exam. It is offered without cost and requires a minimal investment of time for reading, test question preparation and weekly small group conference calls. Peter Wright, FACHE from
NH, led our study group of seven over the course of several weeks. He always encouraged us, even though we often disputed the “correct answers” provided to him by the
College of Healthcare Executives. He arranged a few guest speakers for these phone calls knowledgeable in areas of study such as law and human resources. He also hosted a former study group student (
Clements) who passed the exam some time last year. I have yet as of this writing met most of the small study group participants in person, but look forward to doing so in the future.
In January 2010, one of our study group members passed the exam. Of course, Janet Carroll from Fletcher Allen in
VT, in turn challenged the rest of our group to also schedule the exam. Learning of her success, I worked quickly to assemble my FACHE application to obtain the necessary authorization to sit for the exam. After obtaining references from my CEO, Peter Davis, FACHE at
NH, Tina Legere, FACHE, CEO at
NH and Kathy Bizarro, FACHE, Executive Vice President from the New Hampshire Hospital Association, in
NH, I received approval from ACHE to sit for the BOG exam.
Just a couple of weeks ago at the Pro Metric testing center in
NH, I pressed the “finished” key on my computerized exam. A few seconds later I read the word “Congratulations!” you have passed the Board of Governor’s exam. “MY ACHE” web page now reads: “Congratulations on your advancement to Fellow in the
College of Healthcare Executives! Effective immediately: you can proudly display the “FACHE’ credential on all of your correspondence.”
I hope that many of you read this and decide regardless of where you are with your health care career to “Just do it”! In six months time you too may be asked to write your own article on your advancement to “Fellow”.
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