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HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE COMPETENCY DIRECTORY AVAILABLE ON WEB: ENSURING FUTURE LEADERS MEET THE CHALLENGES OF MANAGING THE NATION'S HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

CHICAGO, November 15, 2005—The Healthcare Leadership Alliance announced the release of the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory, an interactive tool to ensure that future healthcare leaders have the training and expertise they need to continue meeting the challenges of managing the nation’s healthcare organizations. The Healthcare Leadership Alliance is comprised of the nation’s premier professional societies representing over 100,000 members across the healthcare management disciplines.

There is no charge to educators and interested professionals to acquire the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory, which is available on the Web at www.healthcareleadershipalliance.org.

The Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory is a landmark effort to identify competencies that are important across diverse professional roles within healthcare management. Three hundred competencies are categorized under five major domains: leadership; communications and relationship management; professionalism; business knowledge and skills; and knowledge of the healthcare environment.

Two years in development, the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory is based on extensive job analyses and research to validate the components. The project was undertaken by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance member organizations to ensure that healthcare leaders are prepared for the future challenges they will face, and to determine the commonalities and distinctions in credentialing and professional certification among the various associations.

The directory will be used by the member organizations to further enhance their certification and continuing education programs, as well as to advise their members regarding needed skills for professional development.

The Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory also will be used by university educators in health administration to design curriculum, as well as by other professionals in the health management field, such as human resources professionals who may use it to better define the requirements for management positions.

The Directory is a searchable reference tool structured around a classification system that allows the users to filter and sort information by domain, competency, skill area, management specialty and key words. This provides a relational database by which the user can look at a complex array of information in meaningful ways.

The following individual is available for interviews and to provide further information about the content and significance of the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory:

Pamela Thompson, MS, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
American Organization of Nurse Executives
(Contact: Matt Fenwick at 202-626-2963)

The Healthcare Leadership Alliance is comprised of the following organizations:

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  • Medical Group Management Association and its certifying body, the American College of Medical Practice Executives

CONTACT: Douglas A. Klegon, Ph.D., (312) 424-9420

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