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Céu Cirne-Neves, MPA, FACHE, Elected to American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents

Céu Cirne-Neves, MPA, FACHE, an Associate Professor of Teaching at the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, New Brunswick, NJ, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Chicago.

With an understanding of ACHE’s policies, programs and services, the Council of Regents provides advice and counsel to the Board of Governors as it carries its mission of healthcare leadership excellence.

Cirne-Neves will be installed as Regent in March 2023, prior to the Congress on Healthcare Leadership. As a Regent, she will represent ACHE’s New Jersey membership, grouped under ACHENJ.

Cirne-Neves in 2022 joined the full-time faculty of the CAHME-accredited Health Administration Program, where she teaches Population Health and the Professional Practicum capstone courses. She has been teaching Population Health at Rutgers as a part time lecturer since 2018.

Prior to her academic career, Cirne-Neves spent 25 years in senior and executive level roles in hospitals in Northern New Jersey, including ten years as a chief administrative officer. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Performance Excellence for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (RWJ Barnabas Health) in Livingston, NJ. Under her leadership, the organization achieved the regional award for Excellence by the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence, a Baldrige-based awards program. She was responsible for strategic planning and growth, the Leadership Development Institute, the Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan, and ambulatory services and physician practices outcomes alignment with Population Health parameters.

Cirne-Neves is board certified as a fellow of ACHE, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and serves on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners. From 2016-2017, she served as the president of ACHENJ and has served as the chair of the ACHENJ Strategic Planning Committee through December 2022. Cirne-Neves received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Journalism from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, and her Master of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ.

According to Cirne-Neves, with healthcare leaders facing the challenge of delivering highly reliable patient care and population health, the ACHE value most important because it is foundational to all other values is “Lifelong Learning.” This means healthcare leaders – both those new to the profession and those in senior ranks -- are called to take responsibility for assessing their competencies and continuously address gaps through professional development; by committing to lifelong learning, healthcare leaders can achieve the community’s desired triple aim – improved access, cost, and patient experience – as well as their organization’s mission and vision.

Cirne-Neves enjoys talks on health administration competencies and embraces a leadership model based on three pillars: Gratitude, Equity, and Mentorship. She also enjoys gardening, collecting vintage typewriters, and planning her annual family reunion.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance our members and healthcare leadership excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 76 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to advancing health. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses. For more information, visit

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