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Bayhealth Leader Earns Top Health Care Management Credential


Ann Keane, MSN, MA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, CCRN, director of patient care services at the Kent campus, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction.

While Keane has advanced certification and many years of experience as a nurse leader, she pursued the FACHE credential to develop a global perspective on organizational leadership.

She believes that in order to achieve its mission, an organization depends on the successful interaction of all departments. Each department’s perspective is important for problem solving and reaching goals.

“Health care leaders constantly have to be learning, evolving, and changing with the industry. The things that worked for us years ago aren't the same things that will work today,” said Keane. “Collaboration, creativity, and looking at the big picture will help us find new ways to solve problems.”

To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements.

They must pass a comprehensive exam, meet academic and experiential criteria, earn continuing education credits, and demonstrate professional and/or community involvement.

Fellows also commit to ongoing professional development and must undergo recertification every three years.

Through her FACHE certification process, Keane developed a passion for the legislative process. She has become active in policy issues that affect the health care industry and the Delaware economic environment.

Keane may now use the FACHE® credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status.

“The health care management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, health care leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving
their patients and the community.”

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400, by emailing contact@ache.org, or visit ache.org/FACHE.

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