CAHME: Thankful for Your Support in 2020 (12/14/2020)

As we end 2020, my thoughts go back to March when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. COVID-19 impacted healthcare and higher education professions, and thus students, educators, patients, caregivers, providers and families. Heroes were redefined; we saw courage and nobility in the nurses on the floor, technicians, a neurosurgeon doing a shift in the ER, the healthcare CEOs working to ensure the safety of their team and patients, students in our program pausing their careers to do hands-on work in their community, and faculty adapting to new technologies to meet their personal mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow. 2020 is a year many of us cannot wait to forget, but the adaptability of people will be with me for a long time.

The thousands of healthcare management students learned a valuable lesson guided by the faculty of accredited programs. Their experiences will change them, and just perhaps, create a greater sense of community in the future leaders of healthcare.

CAHME worked to accelerate meeting our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education. Among our 2020 highlights:

CAHME Accreditation has never been more coveted. 118 programs are accredited, up from 106 in December 2019. 26 programs are in candidacy and 18 are in the initial stages of pursuing accreditation. 7 programs are Certified in Healthcare Quality & Safety (HQS), and two have started their self-study year leading to the goal of accreditation.

CAHME is working through the accreditation process with global programs in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Greece, and Georgia.

CAHME volunteers conducted 22 site visits, and saw an average satisfaction score of 4.8 on a 5 point scale. In this time of needing to define how to do virtual site visits, our site visitors made it happen.

The Core Learning Center (CLC) transformed the venerable in-person Bootcamp to a completely online subscription-based experience. We exceeded expectation with more than 100 subscribers. Our accreditation-focused content grew from 0 to 21 educational sessions, and more to come in 2021.
CAHME Advanced Search  was released, enabling prospective students, employers and university-based programs to compare and evaluate the performance and outcomes of graduate programs in healthcare management.  This gift to the industry signals a new era of transparency for CAHME-Accredited programs.

Through the generosity of our Board, corporate partners, and private foundations, our scholarship and award programs expanded. The  Canon Solutions America’s Sustainability Award entered its 5th year, joined by scholarships by the Dawn Gideon Foundation (5 years), friends of Tim Campbell (4 years), and Judy Baar Topinka Foundation (3 years). With Pristine Home Care, CAHME established a Student Essay Contest. As the Blue Ribbon panels conclude their work, we plan to name the 2021 winning programs and students in Modern Healthcare in the first quarter of 2021 and celebrate along with our event sponsor ACHE at their virtual Congress.

With the support of  Peregrine Global Services CAHME produced a Competency Assessment white paper in March 2020, and is finalizing a white paper on Global Responses to COVID-19.

The CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) grew to 24 programs, and several programs are applying in early 2021. Six new CMC Webinar sessions featured Saint Louis University, Cornell University, University of Missouri, Rush University, Columbia University, and Seton Hall University. CMC is all about best practices and sharing approaches to improve the profession.

Four new staff members joined the team: Melissa Cross, Education Coordinator; Dana Alexander, Program Relations and Marketing Coordinator; Virinder Mann, Implementation Assistant; and Khander Haque, Global Fellow. We were able to expand by cutting non-productive assets (like office space), and moved these resources to investing in helping programs better meet their missions.

Mostly, though, I want to acknowledge our Corporate Members and sponsors who support our mission, the 250+ volunteers each year, in a variety of roles – site visitor, board member, task forces, committees, Global Advisory Council, Healthcare Quality and Safety Advisory Council, Standards Council and Accreditation Council. I have to acknowledge our staff who are working through COVID-19 to meet our mission.  Each of our stakeholders are invaluable to CAHME and its mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.  It is humbling to think that the work we do each year will guide future leaders to help make healthcare better and improve lives.  

On behalf of everyone at CAHME, we  wish you happy and healthy holidays!  And better days ahead.

Be safe,

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education