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Karstetter earns top healthcare management credential

Karstetter earns top healthcare management credential

CHICAGO, December 14, 2018 —Jamie Karstetter, FACHE, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Western Maryland Health System recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“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.”

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.

“We are very proud of Jamie for this wonderful accomplishment,” said Barry Ronan, WMHS President and CEO, who is also a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. “This credential is one of the highest standards of achievement in health administration and provides a spotlight on Jamie’s commitment to serve this community as a healthcare leader.”

Karstetter, who is also President-Elect for the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders, is privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. “I am very proud to achieve the distinction of board certification in healthcare management from the American College of Healthcare Executives,” he said.

“The FACHE credential signifies competence in ethical decision making and dedication to healthcare delivery excellence. I have made a personal commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth, which is propelling me to be a better leader for our patients, the community and Western Maryland Health System.”

Karstetter and Ronan are two of four executives at WMHS who have achieved the American College of Healthcare Executives Fellowship status.