Webinar from NAHQ Focuses on Quality & Safety Content for Use in Graduate Healthcare Education Curriculum (6/24/2020)

The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) has contributed their expertise and resources to help develop CAHME’s  Accreditation for Healthcare Quality and Safety initiative.  NAHQ believes a coordinated, quality-competent healthcare workforce begins in the classroom!  The CAHME Board is very appreciative of NAHQ’s support as a CAHME Corporate Member.

On June 24, 2020, NAHQ is offering a webinar that will review how NAHQ’s twice-validated Healthcare Quality Competency Framework can be leveraged in graduate healthcare management education curriculum around quality and safety.

After more than 40 years of leading the conversation around healthcare quality with organizations across the continuum of care, NAHQ now offers academic institutions the opportunity to hardwire various elements of NAHQ content for use in graduate healthcare management education curriculum.

Several universities have already begun to implement this within their nursing, health administration, quality/safety and related program areas. This content can serve to differentiate institutions amid a crowded, competitive university landscape, and it can also show strong alignment to emerging industry standards. Over 12,000 healthcare quality professionals have earned their CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality®) through NAHQ, and NAHQ serves around 8,000 healthcare quality professional members today.

The webinar will be held June 24 at 2 pm CT and you can register here. You may forward this invitation to other colleagues within your institution or across your professional network.

Learn more about NAHQ at nahq.org/academics, and CAHME’s partnership with healthcare organizations through our Corporate Members.

CAHME Announces Accreditation Decisions, including Two New Programs Designated As Certified 06/02/2020

CAHME encourages health administration programs to pursue accreditation to demonstrate their commitment to a quality education. Achieving CAHME Accreditation is the culmination of significant effort on the part of healthcare management programs and demonstrates that programs meet our criteria and high standards as established by leading academics and practitioners.

After a thorough and careful deliberation, the Board voted at its May 15, 2020 Board Meeting to accredit the following programs (initial accreditation is for three years):

  • Advent Health, Department of Healthcare Administration, MHA Program
  • Grand Valley State, College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA) MHA Program
  • Robert Morris University, School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies, MHA Program
  • University of Phoenix, College of Health Professions, School of Health Services Administration, MHA Program
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Joseph J Zilber School of Public Health, MHA Program.

The Board re-accredited five programs (all of these programs were re-accredited for the maximum seven years):

  • Clarkson University, David D Reh School of Business, MBA Program
  • Georgia Southern University, Don and Cindy Waters College of Health Professions, MHA Program
  • Texas A&M University, School of Public Health, MHA Program
  • Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School, MHA Program
  • University of Memphis, School of Public Health, MHA Program.

The Board recognized the following programs as receiving the Healthcare Quality and Safety Certification (programs are required to be certified annually):

  • Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, MS/MSN in Quality, Safety and Risk Management
  • Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership.

No matter where these programs take place—whether on campus or in virtual settings we’re all becoming accustomed to—we are proud of the quality of these programs and their commitment to our mission. In total, 114 programs meet CAHME’s accreditation standards, and 7 programs are certified in healthcare quality and safety.

On behalf of the CAHME Board of Directors, congratulations to these institutions and their leadership for meeting our high standards, and for joining with all CAHME programs to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

CMC Webinar Series Debuts With An Update On The SLU Competency Model 03/09/2020

I’m excited to announce the debut of the CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) webinar series on April 16, 2020 at 12 noon (EDT). The inaugural event (Episode 1) will feature a discussion led by Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice. Hosted by Rhonda BeLue, PhD, Department Chair of the Health Management and Policy Department, and Kimberly Enard, PhD, Assistant Professor, the webinar will discuss the Saint Louis University Competency Model.

The SLU competency model lists six domains: Leadership, Communication, Management, Political and Community Development, Science and Analysis, and Critical Thinking. The model was recently updated, streamlined and refined based on an external stakeholder review to ensure relevance in today’s healthcare environment.

The planned CMC Webinar Episodes schedule (more information to follow on subsequent episodes):

Episode Date Time Program Topic
1 04/16/2020 Noon (EDT) Saint Louis University Updates to the SLU Competency Model
2 05/11/2020 Noon (EDT) Cornell University Encouraging diversity in the admissions process.
3 07/01/2020 Noon (EDT) University of Missouri Integration of informatics into the health management curriculum

Register for any of these webinars, or to access the subsequent recording, at CAHME.org/CMC

The case study of how SLU refined its long-standing competency model to maintain high standards of excellence and relevance is a proud testament of CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education. CMC is enabling accredited programs to serve the industry by sharing best practices, mentoring programs through the accreditation process, and advancing the quality of healthcare management education. To date, 23 programs have met CMC criteria; stay tuned as we feature them in upcoming webinars produced by CAHME’s Education Coordinator, Melissa Cross (mcross@cahme.org).

CAHME Adjusts to the Coronavirus, March 18, 2020

As a global community, we are facing a truly unprecedented and fast changing environment related to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The far reaching impact on daily life continues to be felt by students in CAHME Accredited programs, faculty, universities and healthcare professionals across the globe. Your response as educators and practitioners is admirable, and reflects the belief that we all have a responsibility to each other.

The CAHME Executive Committee, acting under emergency powers as the Board, took the following actions on Friday, March 13, 2020:

  1.  Virtual Site Visits. A virtual site visit policy was approved. Programs to be visited in the Spring and Fall will be contacted. The policy will sunset in one year, when it will be evaluated. We are rolling out education to programs with upcoming site visits and to our volunteer site visitors.
  2. Online Education. Universities moved their residential programs to online to allow students to complete their courses this semester. CAHME reviewed guidelines from the US Department of Education and from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. In consultation with our legal counsel, we developed a “Fast Track” form. This enables residential programs to add an online modality to their accreditation status and serve the requirement of notifying CAHME of a program change. This Fast Track form and directions has been sent to residential programs; about 20% of programs have sent it back on day 1. CAHME is waiving modality initiation fees and the FY 2020 annual fee.
  3. Boot Camps. While we cancelled the “live” boot camp at ACHE Congress and stopped planning for the boot camp in Salt Lake City during AUPHA, we recognize that programs still need education to meet accreditation standards. With our chief faculty adviser, Kevin Broom, PhD (University of Pittsburgh), we created an on-line boot camp for those registered for the ACHE Boot Camp; it will also be open to others. The boot camp will run for six one-hour sessions, from April 10 through May 1, 2020. The online boot camp includes access to materials post session over a set period of time. More information will be coming soon, including how to sign up.
  4. Awards. We issued refunds for all attendees who purchased tickets to the CAHME Awards Ceremony.
  5. Competency Assessment Best Practices. CAHME authored a white paper and prepared a presentation featuring best practices on competency assessment. While initially offered as a breakfast session during ACHE, a webinar will be scheduled. The session will highlight the best practices of several CAHME Accredited programs. We thank Peregrine Global Services for their support. The corresponding white paper is now available.
  6. Governance. The April 2-3, 2020 Accreditation Council and May 14-15, 2020 Board Meeting will be held virtually.
    We are confident that these actions will provide for the safety of our site visitors, volunteers, employees, and program teams, as well as to continue to meet our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

Be safe.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

Mike Slusarz Bio

Mike Slusarz is a seasoned marketing, communications and branding professional with over 30 years of experience in healthcare brand management, digital marketing, advertising, business development, and corporate communications.

A nationally-recognized expert and motivational speaker, Mike has a proven track record of creating innovative advertising strategies, brand platforms, digital campaigns and marketing plans in the highly competitive healthcare field.

As a frequent national speaker and moderator Mike presents on a variety of topics including: brand management, change communications, core messaging, successful merger strategies, optimizing customer decisions, driving better outcomes through marketing analytics, real world strategies in social media, harnessing the power of digital media and building brand engagement with storytelling and discovery.

Mike began his career in marketing communications with General Electric and has held senior leadership positions with Cape Regional Health System, Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest health care delivery system, and the Marathon Group, an award-winning advertising, digital marketing and branding firm that he created.

He is currently an adjunct professor at Temple University teaching the fundamentals of brand management, advertising and marketing research. Mike is also the President of the Health Care Planning & Marketing Society of New Jersey, and is an active committee member as well as speaker for the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Melissa Cross Bio

Melissa is responsible for coordinating best practice educational materials for programs to help them achieve accreditation, and to our volunteer site visitors to facilitate inter-rater reliability.


Prior to joining CAHME, Melissa was a teacher for nearly 10 years. As a teacher, Melissa immersed herself in addressing the unique individual needs of each of her students on a daily basis and actively communicated with the families of her students to make sure each child was receiving the comprehensive, team-effort attention he or she needed to develop and advance. During her educational career, Melissa assisted in curriculum development, held professional development workshops to aid in improving teaching strategies and instruction, as well as tutored at-risk students. Melissa also served on a number of different committees that helped foster home and school relationships along with increasing student engagement through the use of technology.


Melissa has created and distributed digital educational curriculum and support materials through the online resource Teachers Pay Teachers. The goal of this organization is the sharing of best practices among the teaching community.


Melissa received both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Masters in Teaching from James Madison University.

CAHME Invites Award Applications

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce two award opportunities for CAHME-accredited programs. 

The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education serves to recognize programs that incorporate the ideals of sustainability and social responsibility in healthcare management education and practice. The application is available on the CAHME web site. Programs will be asked to demonstrate how they use cultural competency, community involvement, environmental focus, and sustainability in curriculum, student experiential opportunities (such as internships and fellowships), and alumni networking and engagement. The winning program will receive a $5,000 award to support research of sustainability in healthcare.  This brief video highlights the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award.

The CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Best Paper for Empirical Research Award will recognize excellence in papers that advance the quality of healthcare management processes through the use of quantitative data. Any CAHME-accredited program or faculty member of a CAHME-accredited program can apply. Applicants do not need to be clients of Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), nor do submitted papers need to have used data provided by WRDS. Applications will be judged by a panel of experts from CAHME and WRDS. The winning program or faculty member will receive an award of $1,500.

Winners of both awards and the CAHME Scholarships will be announced at the annual CAHME Luncheon held during the ACHE Congress in March of 2020, and will be featured in Modern Healthcare magazine. You can find details and application forms on our web site. The deadline for applications is November 21, 2019.

We are grateful to our partners at Canon Solutions America and Wharton Research Data Services for their support of CAHME and our mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME Scholarship Winners Announced; New Scholarship Added

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE


I am pleased to share this year’s winners of the CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship and the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship, and to announce that CAHME has added a third scholarship opportunity that is now accepting applications.


Kwamane Liddell has received the 2019 CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship honors Tim

Kwamane Liddell

Campbell, a business leader and CAHME board member who believed in hard work and selfless service. Mr. Liddell began his career in healthcare as a janitor after he dropped out of college in 2010. The experience inspired him to pursue nursing. He became the first African American man to graduate from the Southern Illinois University School of Nursing at Carbondale. As a trauma nurse, he saw first-hand how inequities within minority communities impact healthcare. That experience led him to pursue a dual Law Degree and Master of Health Administration at Saint Louis University. Mr. Liddell believes in mentorship to improve underserved communities and has engaged more than 500 students in the last three years. He developed a program to bring young professionals to high schools to discuss careers, personal finance, and life lessons.

Kaitlyn Chana


Kaitlyn Chana has received the 2019 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is named for Dawn Gideon, a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. Before pursuing advanced study in healthcare management, Ms. Chana worked as a television news reporter in Maine and Florida. She came to see the power in storytelling and ultimately founded a non-profit organization called Reel Stories. Real People. that uses video to tell positive stories of exceptional people in communities. Ms. Chana is pursuing her master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida. She’s working on incorporating storytelling in healthcare to improve patient care. She has also used her own experience as a survivor of eating disorders to develop curriculum that help schools better approach issues around eating disorders and mental health. “I know Dawn would see in Kaitlyn a woman who shares Dawn’s passion for making things better for others,” said Kevin Altomari, chairman of the Dawn Gideon Foundation. “We are pleased to support Kaitlyn on her journey to leadership in healthcare.”


Judy Baar Topinka

In addition to these two winners, I am excited to announce the CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship will award $2,000 to a graduate student in healthcare management education at a CAHME-accredited program. Judy Baar Topinka began her career in journalism and went on to blaze a pioneering path as a public servant in Illinois. First elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1980, Judy later became a state senator and was elected as the first woman to serve as the state’s Treasurer. As a legislator and civic leader, Judy was an advocate for the health and welfare of the residents of Illinois. Many of her legislative achievements focus on improving healthcare quality and access. Her expertise in health policy led her to chair the Health and Welfare Committee of the Illinois Senate. She believed in public service and was tireless in her advocacy of those in need. She believed in passion, hard work, ethical leadership, and persistence. The successful applicant will share these qualities and characteristics.

Details about the scholarship, application forms, criteria, and deadlines are available on the CAHME web site. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019, and a winner will be announced in April.

CAHME is grateful to our partnering organizations that make these scholarships available, and for the remarkable winners who will be future leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME Introduces New Staff 08/08/2019

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is continually looking to improve its efficiency and effectiveness in fulfilling our mission of improving the quality of healthcare management education. An important part of this effort is to make sure we are appropriately staffed with team members who bring the right set of skills. Our recent move to a “virtual” office model has allowed us to allocate more resources toward staffing. We take a flexible and innovative approach that includes full time, part time, contract staff, and administrative interns.

As we approach the beginning of another academic year, I thought it would be good to introduce some of the new staff with whom programs will interact on a range of CAHME activities and projects.

Adrianne Cancillieri

Adrianne Cancillieri has joined CAHME part-time as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. Adrianne brings a decade of experience with the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey, where she specialized in Human Resources. Adrianne will be responsible for coordinating activities for our Board, Councils, Committees, and external audiences. She holds a BS in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College. Prior to joining CAHME formally, Adrianne worked as a contractor for 6 months. 

Jennifer Csernica
Melissa Sanseverino

Melissa Sanseverino has joined CAHME part-time as our Accounting Coordinator, focusing on all aspects of CAHME accounting, billing, payroll, banking, and other important financial activities.  Melissa is a CPA, had served as a Senior Accountant at L’Oreal, a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young, and is a graduate of The College of New Jersey.

Ethan Kannel

Ethan Kannel is CAHME’s administrative resident.  During his time with us this year, Ethan will focus on overseeing the CAHME awards program, grants, and our various scholarship programs. He holds a BA from Cornell University, is currently pursuing his MBA in Health Sector Management at Temple University.  This summer, Ethan is finishing up an internship at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

I am excited to be working with this great group of new CAHME staff members. They bring an energy and enthusiasm to their roles which I know will serve CAHME well as we work to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO