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ACHE Announces 2011 Higher Education Awards

CHICAGO, March 19, 2011—The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) announced the winners of its 2011 higher education awards, which consist of the Higher Education Network Awards and the Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management.

The awards will be presented on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE’s 54th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

The 2011 winners of the Higher Education Network Awards are:

  • Graduate program with the greatest number of graduates who advanced to Member or Fellow over a one-year period—Army-Baylor University, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Graduate program with the greatest percentage of graduates who advanced to Member or Fellow over a one-year period—Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

ACHE established the Higher Education Network Awards to recognize those Higher Education Network participants whose programs have demonstrated a commitment to advancement in ACHE.

Following are the 2011 winners of the Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management:

Michael Paul Aslin of the University of Texas at Arlington won first place in the graduate division for his essay, “Unveiling the Unicorn: A Leader’s Guide to ACO Preparation.” In the undergraduate division, Meredith Sarringhaus of Ohio University won first place for her essay, “The Great Divide: Social Media’s Role in Bridging Health Care’s Generational Shift.”

Aslin and Sarringhaus each will receive $3,000 and a plaque. Their schools each will receive $1,000. The first-place essays will be published in the Journal of Healthcare Management, ACHE’s official journal.

In the graduate division, Tim Moody of Georgia State University–Robinson College of Business, took second place for his essay, “Long-term Care Reimbursement Policy Recommendations.” In the undergraduate division, the second-place prize went to Justin S. Witts of the University of New Hampshire for his essay, “Balancing Patient and Physician Autonomy Through a Physicians’ Right of Conscience Policy.” The second-place winner in each division will receive $2,000 and a plaque.

Rebecca Belen Wellman of Columbia University won third place in the graduate division for her essay, “The Business Case Solution for Healthcare Quality Improvement.” Molly S. Skinner of Oregon State University won third place in the undergraduate division for her essay, “Accountable Care Organizations: Accountable for Cost, Quality and Patient Health.” Both third-place winners will receive $1,000 and a plaque.

The purpose of the Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future healthcare executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession. It is open to all ACHE Student Associates enrolled in either a graduate or undergraduate U.S. or Canadian health administration program that is part of ACHE’s Higher Education Network. The competition was named in honor of ACHE’s fourth CEO, Richard J. Stull, FACHE, who served from 1965 to 1979. For more information and submission guidelines, contact Desmond J. Ryan, FACHE, CAE, associate director of ACHE’s Division of Regional Services, at (312) 424-9325 or dryan@ache.org.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 35,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious FACHE® credential, Congress on Healthcare Leadership conference, network of more than 80 chapters, educational offerings, publications, career development and public policy programs, and research. Based in Chicago, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.

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Contact:

Kay A. Branz, CAE
Vice President
Communications and Marketing
American College of Healthcare Executives
One North Franklin, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 424-9420
kbranz@ache.org