Don Damron, FACHE, Vice President of Ambulatory Services, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.
“The FACHE achievement provides increased credibility as a healthcare leader and displays the commitment I have made to my own personal development,” stated Damron. “The criteria to obtain the designation enhances my current skill set and the ongoing requirements to maintain the certification ensure that I remain relevant and sharp so I may optimize the delivery of health related initiatives in the communities I am committed to serving.”
Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.
“The healthcare 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, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”
About the American College of Healthcare Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers the prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. Additional information is available at www.ache.org.