ABOUT US & OUR MISSION
The American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey (ACHENJ) is a professional organization for those who direct management services and programs within health care facilities, networks and related organizations. With over 800 members, ACHENJ is recognized as a Healthcare Executive Group of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and most recently was awarded the ACHE 2018 Chapter Merit Award.
The ACHENJ supports activities to assist members in advancement in the ACHE. ACHENJ has been serving the educational, networking, employment and mentoring needs of NJ Healthcare Executives, Managers and students for over 25 years. ACHENJ offers its members, no matter what career stage they are in, a collegial environment for professional growth and life-long learning.
Other ACHENJ programs include an Employment Opportunity Service, a Healthcare Administration Scholarship Program as well as a Distinguished Service Award Program. Each year the group hosts a Golf Outing to support Wishes Come True, a program to grant the wishes of chronically ill children in our communities.
ACHE-NJ MISSION, VISION
To advance our members and healthcare leadership excellence.
To be the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to advancing health.
We are committed to and live out our core values through our work:
Integrity: We advocate and demonstrate high ethical conduct in all we do.
Lifelong Learning: We recognize lifelong learning is essential to our ability to innovate and continually improve ourselves, our organizations and our profession.
Leadership: We lead through example and mentoring, and recognize caring must be a cornerstone of our professional interactions.
Diversity and Inclusion: We champion diversity and foster inclusion to advance equity in the workplace and the communities we serve.
FROM OUR REGENT
Message from Our ACHE-NJ Regent
As the ACHE Regent for several university-based student chapters, known as ACHE Higher Education Networks, I enjoy connecting aspiring health services student associates with leaders in the field. In fact, New Jersey’s Health Administration undergraduate and graduate degree programs rely on preceptors at hospitals, health systems, medical groups, and continuum care organizations to afford graduates experiential internships and practicums when they complete capstone projects and hone their competencies.
Another way preceptors are called to engage with developing early careerists is by offering Administrative Fellowships for post-graduation Master of Health Administration (MHA) students. Fellowships are the traditional way healthcare managers climb to the most senior ranks of organizations, but there are less than 10 organizations offering fellowships in New Jersey. Given today’s diverse Health Administration graduates and our organizations’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), offering a fellowship is an opportunity to expand the pool of qualified candidates and also a fast-track way to bring under-represented candidates to the management teams.
This past June, I had the privilege of making this case when I briefly spoke to the Board of Trustees of New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), in Princeton, at the invitation of President and CEO Cathy Bennett, and Chairman Edward J. Condit, President and CEO of St. Mary’s General Hospital. The goal is to increase the number of New Jersey healthcare organizations extending fellowships to the diverse MHA students graduating from our universities.
Healthcare administration is complex and challenging, and it will continue to be so. Aligning the goals of the Health Administration Programs with the need to expand the pipeline of well-qualified and diverse healthcare administrators is a value proposition for all involved.
Indeed, this alignment manifested through a commitment to leadership development is a best practice: this year’s Regent Awards call for nominees to demonstrate the values of ACHE, and in particular a commitment to DEI and developing others. Early, Mid and Senior Careerists have an opportunity to serve as preceptors and make a significant contribution in shaping the next generation of healthcare leaders.
Céu Cirne-Neves, FACHE
Regent for New Jersey – Northern