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ACHE Announces 2012 Higher Education Awards

CHICAGO, March 5, 2012—The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) announced the winners of its 2012 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 21, 2012, at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE’s 55th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

The 2012 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 2012 winners of the Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management:

Brian R. Needham of The Ohio State University won first place in the graduate division for his essay, “The Truth About Patient Experience: What We Can Learn From Other Industries and How Three P’s Can Improve Health Outcomes, Strengthen Brands, and Delight Customers.” In the undergraduate division, Andrew R. Bennett of James Madison University won first place for his essay, “Accountable Care Organizations: Principles and Implications for Hospital Administrators.”

Needham and Bennett 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, Ellington C. Jones of University of Florida took second place for his essay, “Just Prove IT: A Leadership Plan to Making Meaningful Use Stick.” In the undergraduate division, the second-place prize went to R. Emily Wolfe of The University of Alabama for her essay, “EMR: Roadmap to Health Technology Nirvana.” The second-place winner in each division will receive $2,000 and a plaque.

Anne Swett of The George Washington University won third place in the graduate division for her essay, “Going Green to Save Green.” Danielle De Luca of Georgetown University won third place in the undergraduate division for her essay, “ICD 10–The Clock Is Ticking: What Health Care Leaders Should Know to be Prepared for October 1, 2013.” 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 an 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 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE’s established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.

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Contact:
Lisa M. Freund, FACHE
Vice President
Communications and Marketing
American College of Healthcare Executives
One North Franklin, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL  60606
(312) 424-9420
lfreund@ache.org